There are around five US Camps in Kuwait with Camp Arifjan and Camp Buehring being the largest. The estimated number of US service members currently in Kuwait stands at 15,000.
If I was an American celebrity nothing in my schedule could stop me from paying my respect and showing them how much I appreciate all that they do for me and our country.
Here is everything you need to know about USO tours and visiting the troops in Kuwait. Re-posted and full credit [here].
Why Tour [USO link]
This one is easy...our men and women in uniform make significant
sacrifices to protect the freedoms we enjoy daily. Most are stationed
thousands of miles away from their families who are left behind for
extended periods of time shouldering all the responsibilities at home.
A show or a visit by someone they admire and respect is a tremendous way
to help relieve the hardships of separation, and reinforce the fact that
their sacrifices are both recognized and greatly appreciated.
Equally important is the fact that USO tours are life changing for
celebrities as well. Performing for the most appreciative audience in
the world is certainly powerful incentive. Traveling to interesting and
exotic places obviously draws others. Getting to experience a little of
the military life is a rare opportunity, too.
But whatever intrigues a celebrity to go on a USO tour the first time,
there's only one reason they return. The troops. Ask any performer who
has been. They'll tell you. Entertaining the troops is a "must do"
Our troops and their families are absolutely thrilled to have their
favorite bands, comedians, athletes, TV and movie stars, cartoonists,
authors and others come to put on a show or visit.
They greatly appreciate spending time with their favorite celebrity,
taking photos, getting autographs, and passing their photos and
experiences on to their loved ones and friends back home. The most
frequent comment heard is, "You'll never believe who I spent time with
We qualify celebrity status as artists with significant coverage in
entertainment industry trade magazines such as Billboard and Variety, in
People or US magazine, as well as television and movie stars, major
concert acts and other well-known artists.
If this description fits, please contact us.
We realize there are many excellent performers who don't fit that
criteria, but who would be well-received by the troops. For other
professional touring opportunities, please visit Armed Forces
Photo Credit of Scarlett Johansson by my friend Kenneth D Aston Jr
Appearing onstage isn't the only way to reach "the most appreciative
audience in the world." USO Handshake Tours are a great way to interact
with our troops and bring a message of support from back home. A
handshake, an autograph, a photo or a conversation shows our troops how
much they are valued. Seeing someone they admire in person or simply
knowing that the effort was made to visit them is appreciated just as
much as a performance.
Depending on the type of base visited, celebrities meet with troops in
the midst of their base activities by visiting hospitals, sharing meals
with them, touring military work stations and visiting senior
leadership. Handshake tours also afford celebrities the unique
opportunity to share some of the military experiences alongside the
troops. This could include riding on board tanks, humvees and
helicopters, visiting war rooms, firing live munitions, landing on an
aircraft carrier, watching military K9 demonstrations and operating
weapon and flight simulators.
USO Handshake Tour Fast Facts:
TOUR LENGTH: Like any other USO tour, Handshake Tours vary from one stop to a complete tour of multiple destinations. Typically, tours last 1-2 days stateside and 7-10 days overseas. We can also arrange a stop within artists' existing tour schedules.
WHERE: USO tours take place on military bases in the U.S. and abroad,
including Europe, the Mediterranean, the Pacific, the Balkans, the
Caribbean and the Persian Gulf. Celebrities are also encouraged to make
separate trips solely to visit troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center
and the National Naval Medical Center in the Washington, DC metropolitan
area as well as at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.
WHEN: The USO is flexible and willing to work with artists to develop
tour dates. We also schedule tours based on guidance from the Department
of Defense and requests from military bases.
TRAVEL: The USO covers all travel expenses related to the tour and
typically flies talent on commercial aircraft.
LODGING: The USO provides accommodations on base or off base in the
highest quality hotels available.
HONORARIUM (Per Diem): When traveling with the USO, each tour
participant receives $50 per day for stateside appearances and $125 per
day for overseas tours.
ITEMS PROVIDED BY THE USO: The USO provides autograph sheets, tour posters, swag, military base clearance, itineraries and assistance in obtaining passports/visas. (The sale of artists' merchandise is prohibited on USO tours.)
If you are interested in participating in a USO Handshake Tour, please contact USO Recruiting, at 703.908.6480. You may also send a press kit to:
2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1200
Arlington, VA 22201