Adam LaRoche Checks In from 2013 Chairman USO Holiday Tour
Adam LaRoche sent his first dispatch back from the 2013 Chairman USO Holiday Tour on Monday, and the Washington Nationals’ first baseman has been thrilled with the experience thus far.
“It couldn’t have gone better so far,” LaRoche wrote in an e-mail, detailing a few of the activities with which the group kicked off their tour.
The USO tour, led by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, includes not only LaRoche, but Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Bridget Kelly, former New England Patriots offensive tackle and three-time Super Bowl champion Matt Light, actor/comedian Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles, stars of A&E’s hit reality show “Duck Dynasty” Jep and Willie Robertson and former correspondent on NBC’s “The Voice” Alison Haislip.
Over the course of the seven-day USO tour, the group will visit four countries and five military venues. So far, that has included seeing sailors stationed at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay and aboard the USS Stout, a missile destroyer, in Greece as well as meeting Marines in Athens; and flying to Afghanistan, to spend time with troops at Bagram Air Base.
“With the holidays coming up, you can really tell these guys appreciate us being here,” LaRoche wrote of the humbling experience in an e-mail. “Personally, I feel that I’m getting more out of our interactions than they [the troops] are.”
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