Toby Keith Performs for Troops on Eighth USO Tour Megastar Visited Troops in Korea, Germany and the Persian Gulf
ARLINGTON, VA.– Award-winning singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith recently set out on a four-country USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour. Traveling to Korea, Germany and the Persian Gulf, the megastar is on a mission to deliver a much-needed break to troops serving overseas.
So far, the 14-day USO tour has touched down in three countries and lifted the spirits of more than 5,300 service members. Among the installations visited were Camp Walker, Camp Bonifas, Yongsan Army base and several remote Forward Operating Bases in the Persian Gulf.
Since his first USO tour in 2002, Keith has traveled to more than 10 countries and participated in seven previous USO tours. In total, he has lifted the spirits of more than 140,000 service men and women, many at small remote outposts.
In recognition of his ongoing support for U.S. troops and their families, Keith was presented the 2009 Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Distinguished Service Award.
This trip marks the eighth USO trip for Keith.
In 2007, while visiting troops in Afghanistan, Keith recognized the need to deliver the day-to-day comforts of home to service members stationed far away from main bases and USO centers. His idea became known as the “USO2Go” program - which sends much-needed electronics, entertainment, non-perishable comfort food and personal care items to troops stationed in remote locations. To date, 374 “USO2Go” kits have been distributed since the program’s inception in 2008.