Texas hard rockers DROWNING POOL kicked off their USO/Armed Forces entertainment tour with fist-pumping performances for troops at Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall in the United Kingdom on May 3 and U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach in Germany on May 5. The band wrapped up the week-long tour with a third and final performance on May 7 at U.S. Army Garrison in Stuttgart, Germany.
In addition to their USO performances, the members of DROWNING POOL participated in meet-and-greets, signed autographs and heard first-hand what deployed living is like for our servicemen and women.
Check out video footage from the tour below. Photos are available at this location.
This was the third USO tour for DROWNING POOL and the first for lead vocalist Jasen Moreno, who joined the band in 2012.
As part of their first USO tour in 2005 and their second in 2006, the band has performed 16 USO concerts and boosted the morale of more than 20,000 troops serving in Kuwait, Iraq and Germany.
On April 3, DROWNING POOL hosted an album-release party and invited servicemen and women from their hometown of Dallas, Texas, to attend a private acoustic performance and to celebrate the release of "Resilience", the band's fifth studio album. More than 100 guests attended the event and all proceeds were donated to the USO.
Commented DROWNING POOL guitarist C.J. Pierce: "It's a special honor for us as a band to perform for our troops and to let them know that we appreciate their sacrifice but most importantly we are just happy to be able to put on a stellar performance and give them a show to remember."
Entertainment tours are one of the many ways the USO helps to lift the spirits of our troops and military families and to let them know that the USO is always by their side. In 2012, the USO provided troops with 28 million free phone calls home, entertained some 120,000 military families through the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families tour, supported 35,000 wounded warriors and families through our USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir, as well as provided assistance to 3,000 families of the fallen traveling to Dover Air Force Base for the dignified transfer of their loved ones.