Tabasum Sharqi (left) opens a book she received for graduating at the top of her Fatima Girls High School class at a ceremony held at the Kunar Department of Women’s (click for more)
Soldiers from the Polish Army and the Texas National Guard Agribusiness Development Team-IV check their shot grouping during qualification on the Polish AK-74 5.56 mm Mini-Beryl short assault rifle Feb. (click for more)
U.S. Army Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke, play an impromptu game of volleyball against a team (click for more)
Dr. Mehirulla Muslim, the Nurgaram District subgovernor, addresses an audience of teachers, government officials and citizens during a ceremony to celebrate a completed solar panel electricity project Feb. 21 in (click for more)
U.S. Army Spc. Raheem Stewart, an automations specialist with TF Phoenix, steps along the rafters of the building his team helped wire for communications. Stewart, from Dallas, was one of (click for more)
An Afghan National Army soldier from Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Regiment, searches a pile of rocks in the courtyard of a high-value target home outside the village of (click for more)
U.S. Army Capt. Nicole Zupka of Fair Lawn, N.J., a battlewatch captain with Combined Joint Task Force-Paladin, helps an Afghan child with her writing skills during female engagement team training (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army soldiers move through Kharwar District to prevent the Taliban’s freedom of movement Feb. 12. U.S. and Afghan soldiers braved more than 3 feet (click for more)
Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team II members, U.S. Army Spc. Justin Allen (left), a London, Ky., native, and U.S. Army Sgt. Nicholas Combs, a Corbin, Ky., native, get to know a (click for more)
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen was joined by the Robin Williams, Lance Armstrong, Lewis Black, Kathleen Madigan, Kix Brooks and Bob Dipiero in wishing a happy holiday season to servicemembers at Bagram Airfield Dec. 15.
The USO sponsors holiday shows annually and performers get a chance to meet deployed personnel and thank them for their service. This time, troops were able to join Armstrong for a run around Bagram before the show.
“I had the most interesting experience today, I actually ran around the perimeter of this base,” said Armstrong, who served as the master of ceremonies. “That is the nastiest run I have ever been on... People call you hero for doing a lot of things ... but the reality is, you are the heroes and we’re here to thank you for serving our country.”
While deployed, servicemembers often work long hours and events like these can provide a much-needed distraction or a moment to relax and decompress. The servicemembers voiced their thanks to the performers for taking the time to travel to Afghanistan.
“It’s good for the welfare of the Soldiers,” said U.S. Army 1st Lt. Tim Halbur of Carol, Iowa, Task Force Archer, 334th Brigade Support Battalion, Iowa National Guard. “Most people work Monday through Sunday, no break, no days off and this is something to actually look forward to.”
“I think it’s an honor to be here and get a chance to see Robin Williams... I passed Lance Armstrong running and got some pictures of that, so that was pretty cool,” said U.S. Navy Chief Bonnie Vermillion of Virginia Beach, Va., Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435.
“A distraction is a good thing for a Soldier; the day-in, day-out routine can get boring after awhile,” said U.S. Army Spc. Stephen Jaster of Davenport, Iowa, TF Archer. “This is great and it’s nice of them to take some time out of their schedules and come do this for us.”
The evening ended with servicemembers coming onstage to take group photos with the entertainers.
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