Oct. 29, 2005
AVIATION NATION USO SHOW HONORS
LAS VEGAS, Nev.
In the 1960s, Bob Hope and host of
other up and coming performers of the day
embarked on USO tours to entertain U.S.
servicemembers serving their nation in the most
remote regions of Southeast Asia. Thirty years later,
the story is the same as the USO continues to
perform shows around the globe bringing a piece
of America home to servicemembers serving their
nation in an array of peacetime and combat
billets around the globe.
2005The Las Vegas-Nellis Air Force Base Air
Show will host its own USO Show Nov. 12-13 as
part of the national kickoff for Operation
Welcome Homea year-long celebration to
publicly honor, thank and recognize
Americas 2.7 million Vietnam veterans.
"The USO is
excited to be part of Operation Welcome
Home," USO president and CEO Edward Powell
said. "Vietnam veterans have added
immeasurably to this country, and it is well past
time to recognize them for their contribution to
the United States."
USO Show is drummer turned actor Mickey Jones who
toured Vietnam with Ann-Margaret, Johnny Rivers
and Chuck Day in 1966. Jones, who is the
celebrity ambassador for Operation Welcome Home,
has volunteered to produce the show. He has also
donated use of his unseen collection of 8mm film
from the tour to Operation Welcome Home. The
film, which has been digitally re-mastered and
edited by the Aviation Nation Foundations
award-winning media production team, will be used
during the USO Show and numerous other videos
being produced for the event.
"My time with
the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines in
Vietnam had a profound effect on me and who I am
today," said Jones, the son of a World War
II U.S. Navy pilot and one of the largest
supporters of veterans and military causes in the
nation. "I cannot put into words what it
means to me to be a part of Operation Welcome
Home and give back to the men and women to so
valiantly served our nation in Southeast Asia.
Its a tremendous honor and I will give it
my alljust like each and every one of them
did over 30 years ago."
Performers for the
Aviation Nation USO show include recording
artists Hank Brake and Paulette Carlson who have
a passion for Vietnam veterans and have donated
their time to be with them this weekend.
Hank Brake was born and raised in North Carolina
and comes from a family that cherishes music. He
recorded "Thank You," written by Daniel
Smith, in honor of all past and present members
of our Armed Forces, but most especially for his
uncle, U.S. Army 1st. Lt. Kenneth Slaughter who
was killed in Vietnam in 1970. "Thank
You" is the official theme song for
Operation Welcome Home.
found a way to say thank you to my uncle for his
service to our country. I only wish he was here
so I could shake his hand and say it to him
personally," said Mr. Brake. "My goal
is to have any American who has ever worn the
uniform, past or present, to hear the song and
understand just how much we appreciate their duty
to country and sacrifices they and their families
make while defending our freedom. I am especially
honored to be a part of thanking those who served
with my Uncle Ken in Vietnam."
Singer/songwriter Paulette Carlson helped start
Highway 101 and has had numerous hits over the
years including "Whiskey If I were a
Woman," "The Bed you made For Me,"
"Somewhere Tonight," "Cry, Cry,
Cry," and "Just Say Yes" to name
just a few. She has recently come out of
retirement and is donating her time to perform
during the USO Show at Aviation Nation.
Inspired by her
late brother a Vietnam veteran who was a medic
with the 82nd and 173rd Airborne she wrote this
single, "Thank You Vets" which appears
on her new country CD "Its About
Time." Shes committed to seeing that
the song is heard not only by the Vietnam
veterans who inspired it, but also heard by their
families and the entire country country.
"When I wrote
the song "Thank You Vets" in the fall
of 2004, I realized that this piece of music came
with responsibility and that it was a song that
needed to be heard," Ms. Carlson said. With
the help of my many friends, this CD came easily
together. The album is not only dedicated to the
memory of my brother Gary, but all our Vietnam
veterans and service men and women of the Vietnam
on the USO Reunion Show and performers will be
released as it becomes available.
more information, contact:
Operation Welcome Home
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Capt Dan DuBois
Air Warfare Center Public Affairs
Nellis AFB, Nev.
Sr. Vice President Communications
Operation Welcome Home
||Nov. 10-13, Las
Vegas and Nellis Air Force Base will host
a four-day national kick-off for
Operation Welcome Homea
one-year celebration to publicly honor,
thank and recognize Americas 2.7
million Vietnam veterans. The culmination
of a nine-month local celebration which
began in Mesquite, Nev., Feb. 10-13.
Welcome Home activities currently
include a USO Reunion Show, which takes
official Las Vegas
2005The Nellis Air Force Base-Las
Vegas Centennial Air Show, Nov. 12-13; a
visit by The Moving Wall Nov.
10-13; the Las Vegas Operation Welcome
Home Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11; and
a free nightly Operation Welcome Home
Patriots Party at Las Vegas Fremont
Street Experience Nov. 11-13.
nearly 65 years, the USO has been providing
morale, welfare and recreational services to U.S.
military personnel and their families. The
USO is a nonprofit, charitable organization,
relying entirely on the generosity of the
American people to support its programs and
services. The USO operates more than 120
centers around the world, including Europe, the
Pacific and in Southwest Asia. For more
information about the USO and its programs,
please visit www.uso.org.
served as a drummer with Trini Lopez, Bob Dylan,
Johnny Rivers, Kenny Rogers and the First
Edition. He also has over 80 films, 400 TV shows
and 500 commercials to his credit. Recent films
include The Fighting Temptations with Cuba
Gooding, Jr., Tin Cup with Kevin Costner, Sling
Blade, with Billy Bob Thornton and Drop
Zone with Wesley Snipes. Jones spent eight
years on TVs wildly popular Home
Improvement as Pete Bilker of K&B
Construction. He also starred in one of
televisions most popular commercials, a
Breath Savers spot, where a burly biker is
praised for his fresh breath by a little old
lady. For more information, visit: www.mickeyjones.com
2005the Nellis Air Force Base-Las Vegas
Centennial Air Show occurs Nov. 12-13. Officially
endorsed by Las Vegas through Las Vegas Events,
Aviation Nation is the homecoming show of the
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration
squadron. The Veterans Day weekend event is
recognized as the Air Forces premier air
show and one of America most diverse and
entertaining aviation events. Over 100 classic,
historical and front-line military aircraft,
including the F/A-22 Raptor and Vietnam-era
aircraft, will fly and be on display this year.
For the fourth consecutive year, top Aviation
Nation supporter Boyd Gaming Corporation presents
Las Vegas Air Racinga
wingtip-to-wingtip demonstration of the
worlds fastest motor sport. For more
information, visit: www.AviationNation.org
Aviation Nation Foundation
is released by Aviation Nation
Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit,
non-Federal organization with the mission
of promoting American airpower through
support of annual air shows at Nellis Air
Force Base, Nev. ANF does not intend to
imply official endorsement of the U.S.
Air Force or any other government agency.
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