Four film, television and football stars are on a seven-day USO tour led by Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Three-time Emmy winner James Gandolfini, actress Rose McGowan, actor Tony Sirico and New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb are touring as part of an ongoing USO tradition of partnering with senior leaders and working with celebrity entertainers to bring a touch of home to troops stationed abroad. Since they began working in a partnership with the office of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2000, the USO officials have worked with four chairmen to deploy a dozen entertainment tours.
This trip is the first USO tour for McGowan and Stinchcomb. It’s the second for Gandolfini and Sirico, who starred in the acclaimed HBO series “The Sopranos” and traveled to Kuwait and Iraq in 2004, brightening the day for more than 1,700 U.S. troops.
Rose called it the “honor of her life” as well as saying:
“Having the opportunity to travel on a USO tour with Admiral Mullen and visit our nation’s troops was the opportunity of a lifetime,” said McGowan.
Rose also tweeted this after her trip:
Just home from USO tour.Afghanistan & uwait. Most AMAZING trip of my life. Our Armed Forces & allies are the best people! Can’t wait to return.
Rose did this on her break from filming Conan (which she will return to next week). You can check out several snaps of her on the tour, thanks to everyone at our forum for helping find them and major credit to AU Snap at Flickr. If any of the photos are yours and you’d like proper credit, give us an e-mail and we will fix that! A bit of trivia: Rose’s brother is a captain in the Air Force.
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