(Lawlor instructs. Photo courtesy Yokosuka MWR.)
A lot of attention is paid – and rightly so – to those servicemen and women stationed in the Middle East. But there are thousands of U.S. soldiers, sailors, and airmen serving in other areas of the world. From Jan. 5-20, Armed Forces Entertainment sent “Filthy” Tom Lawlor (#27 Middleweight), Seth Petruzelli (#95 Light Heavyweight), Nate “Rock” Quarry (#35 Middleweight), Eben Kaneshiro, Joao Assis and Greg Thompson to visit troops stationed in the Pacific. The fighters signed autographs, posed for photos and extended their appreciation to America’s men and women in uniform.
“What an honor to show the servicemen and women our appreciation. With the sacrifices we saw them go through on a daily basis, I was truly moved,” said Quarry after he returned from the trip. “There are still heroes among us and no where is that more clear than in those serving in the United States armed forces.”
According to Armed Forces Entertainment, it is the official Department of Defense agency for providing entertainment to U.S. military personnel serving overseas, with priority given to those in contingency operations and at remote and isolated locations. The Department of the Air Force is the executive agent of Armed Forces Entertainment. Founded in 1951, Armed Forces Entertainment brings a touch of home to more than 500,000 troops annually, embracing the best of Americana that stretches across all genres of entertainment.
(Quarry observes. Photo courtesy Yokosuka MWR.)