Toby Keith Wraps Ninth USO Tour
May 6, 2011 at 6:17 AM (PT)
In what has become an annual trip, SHOW DOG-UNIVERSAL MUSIC artist TOBY KEITH just wrapped his ninth USO Tour and has returned stateside. On the 12-day expedition, KEITH and his band traveled roughly 20,000 miles and KEITH signed and presented almost 6,000 USO/TOBY KEITH photos. That's in addition to the personal photos, guitars and other effects he signed.
"It's a great day to be an AMERICAN," TOBY said MONDAY (5/2). "I've been telling you for a decade that the U.S. military would hunt down and kill world enemy No. 1. While traveling abroad I am blown away by the positive coverage by the world media. There is a consensus in the world media I have never seen before. Thanks to our commander in chief for having cojones to finish this job, but the mission is far from over."
The tour included stops at 11 different installations in KUWAIT, BAHRAIN, IRAQ and two ships at sea, the USS ENTERPRISE aircraft carrier and the guided missile cruiser USS LEYTE GULF. Throughout, KEITH saw approximately 18,000 service members. · At CAMP LIBERTY near BAGHDAD, KEITH and crew had to take cover as an insurgent missile struck the base roughly a third-of-a-mile from the stage where they were about to perform. At another forward operating base, TOBY tweeted, "4 mortars hit close as I was about to take stage last night -- we had to hunker in a bunker til all clear."