Country music entertainer, TV host and Army veteran Craig Morgan recently returned from his eighth USO tour, joining Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Paul J. Selva for an around the world goodwill visit.
The weeklong USO tour spanned seven days and ventured aboard the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) as well as six countries, to include Hawaii, Guam, Diego Garcia, Qatar, Italy and Afghanistan. Joining Morgan and General Selva were UFC champion Dominick Cruz, renowned mentalist/entertainer Jim Karol, celebrity chef Robert Irvine and Olympic Medalist in swimming Katie Meili.
This trip marked Morgan’s second USO tour with the Vice Chairman, having traveled with him on an eight-day, seven-country USO tour in March 2016. Portions of the trip were later highlighted on PBS Film’s USO–For the Troops, which celebrated the USO’s 75-year anniversary.
Morgan first volunteered with the USO in 2002 and is a USO Merit Award recipient who has gone on to participate in eight USO tours, where he has entertained more than 37,000 service members and military families in 12 countries. Among the countries Morgan has visited with the USO are the U.S., Guam, Japan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Greece, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Diego Garcia, Qatar and Italy. Prior to making it big on the country music scene, the singer/songwriter spent more than 10.5 years of service in the U.S. Army and an additional 6.5 years in the U.S. Army Reserves. This marks his eighth tour abroad with the USO and his fourteenth overseas tour for our troops.