YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — “America’s Sweethearts” are back again, continuing one of the most popular holiday traditions for servicemembers in South Korea.

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are set to perform a series of shows and meet-and-greet sessions at installations throughout the peninsula. The tour kicks off with a Christmas Eve show at Camp Stanley and wraps up with a New Year’s Eve gala at Kunsan Air Base.

In between, the cheerleaders will visit more than a dozen U.S. bases in South Korea.

And though they’ve entertained troops deployed throughout the world, they say there’s a special place in their hearts for servicemembers on the peninsula: In 1979, the first USO tour to include the cheerleaders was in South Korea.

“The ladies’ performances were so enthusiastically received by the thousands of American troops serving their country so very far from home that a tradition was born,” the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders’ Web site says, referring to that first show in South Korea.

The group has returned to the peninsula nearly 25 times since then and performed on more USO tours than any other entertainment group.

Earlier this year, the troupe performed in Kuwait and Iraq, among other locations.

Performances this year are scheduled for the following locations (for all shows, the doors open at 6 p.m. and the entertainment begins at 7 p.m.):

• Dec. 24: Camp Stanley gym• Dec. 25: Camp Casey gym• Dec. 26: Osan Air Base Mustang Club• Dec. 27: Camp Carroll gym• Dec. 28: Camp Howze gym• Dec. 29: Camp Humphrey’s Community Activities Center• Dec. 31: Kunsan Air Base (location to be announced)

The shows are touted as high-kickin’, Broadway-style revues.

In addition, members of the cheerleading squads will be available for photo and autograph sessions at locations including Camp Red Cloud, Camp Essayons, Camp Sears, Camp LaGuardia, Camp Jackson, Camp Kyle, Camp Castle, Camp Colbern, Camp Walker, Camp Henry, Camp George, Camp Page, Camp Bonifas, Camp Long, K-16 Air Base and Suwon Air Base.

The times and locations of those events have not yet been determined, Morale, Welfare and Recreation officials said Friday.

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