Darryl Worley Wraps Tour Of Afghanistan And Kuwait
Singer Performs for U.S. Troops At Small, Special Ops Sites
Darryl Worley recently returned from his tenth trip overseas to entertain U.S. troops, with this trip taking him throughout Afghanistan and Kuwait. Since 2002, Worley has visited many forward operating bases (FOBs), but for this tour, organized by Armed Forces Entertainment and Stars For Stripes, he wanted to visit the tiny and elite special ops sites where military serving on the front lines rarely receive celebrity visits.
“I’ve had the opportunity to travel to some of the small FOBs on previous tours and saw the impact our visits made on the men and women in those sites,” says Worley in a press release. “It has been a dream of mine for several years to do an entire tour focused on the remote sites where our special ops forces are located. Those guys are our unsung heroes, facing the most dangerous situations and not asking for any recognition for their service. To be able to personally visit and thank that segment of our nation’s heroes was truly a special blessing.
“These tours always touch my heart and feed my soul,” adds Worley. “I feel so incredibly inspired, honored and humbled at the same time.”
The tour began in the Western part of Afghanistan with a visit to the Marine Special Operations Forces, where Worley entertained a handful of Marines at the site. He continued on to a second stop with the Navy Seals at a Village Stability Platform (VSP), where our military lives in an Afghan village with the locals. Their final day in Afghanistan took him to the Army Special Operations Forces, where the audience consisted of an equal number of Army Special Ops and Afghan Special Ops troops.
Worley’s closing performance of the tour took place in Kuwait at Ali Al Salem Air Base, referred to as “The Rock,” where he is pictured above with his guitarist Jeff “Soir” Jared. Following his 90-minute performance for more than 500 servicemen and women, Worley signed autographs and took photos with everyone before departing home to the States.
Now that Worley is back on U.S. soil, he will resume his regular touring schedule, which includes performances next month during the 2012 CMA Music Festival in Nashville and BamaJam 2012, where he’ll host the three-day festival's opening night on June 14.
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