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Musician Chris Daughtry and other celebrities in a USO tour are welcomed to Naval Support Activity Bahrain by Commanding Officer Capt. Corey R. Howes during a troop engagement, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.  The USO troupe is traveling to several countries across to meet and entertain servicemembers.

Musician Chris Daughtry and other celebrities in a USO tour are welcomed to Naval Support Activity Bahrain by Commanding Officer Capt. Corey R. Howes during a troop engagement, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. The USO troupe is traveling to several countries across to meet and entertain servicemembers. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Musician Chris Daughtry and other celebrities in a USO tour are welcomed to Naval Support Activity Bahrain by Commanding Officer Capt. Corey R. Howes during a troop engagement, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.  The USO troupe is traveling to several countries across to meet and entertain servicemembers.

Musician Chris Daughtry and other celebrities in a USO tour are welcomed to Naval Support Activity Bahrain by Commanding Officer Capt. Corey R. Howes during a troop engagement, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. The USO troupe is traveling to several countries across to meet and entertain servicemembers. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Pfc. Keyano Turull and Cpl. Francisco Sillas, from Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Company C, Platoon 5, show musician Chris Daughtry how to operate an MK-19 during a troop engagment at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.

Pfc. Keyano Turull and Cpl. Francisco Sillas, from Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Company C, Platoon 5, show musician Chris Daughtry how to operate an MK-19 during a troop engagment at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Actress Elizabeth Banks takes a selfie with Naval Support Activity Bahrain personnel during a troop engagement, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.

Actress Elizabeth Banks takes a selfie with Naval Support Activity Bahrain personnel during a troop engagement, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Actress Elizabeth Banks warms up a crowd of Naval Support Activity Bahrain personnel while serving as host of a USO entertainment show, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.

Actress Elizabeth Banks warms up a crowd of Naval Support Activity Bahrain personnel while serving as host of a USO entertainment show, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Comedian, writer, actor and director David Wain throws posters out to a crowd of Naval Support Activity Bahrain personnel during a USO show, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.

Comedian, writer, actor and director David Wain throws posters out to a crowd of Naval Support Activity Bahrain personnel during a USO show, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

An audience member takes a picture of musician Chris Daughtry as he plays for Naval Support Activity Bahrain personnel during a USO show, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.

An audience member takes a picture of musician Chris Daughtry as he plays for Naval Support Activity Bahrain personnel during a USO show, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

An audience member soaks in musician Chris Daughtry's concert as he performs for Naval Support Activity Bahrain personnel during a USO show, Monday,  Dec. 7, 2015.

An audience member soaks in musician Chris Daughtry's concert as he performs for Naval Support Activity Bahrain personnel during a USO show, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Musician Chris Daughtry performs for Naval Support Activity Bahrain personnel during a USO show Dec. 7, 2015.

Musician Chris Daughtry performs for Naval Support Activity Bahrain personnel during a USO show Dec. 7, 2015. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Musician Chris Daughtry performs for Naval Support Activity Bahrain personnel during a USO show, Monday,  Dec. 7, 2015.

Musician Chris Daughtry performs for Naval Support Activity Bahrain personnel during a USO show, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

This USO entertainment troupe, which includes musician Chris Daughtry actress Elizabeth Banks, close out their show for Naval Support Activity Bahrain personnel with Journey's "Don't Stop Believin,'" Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.

This USO entertainment troupe, which includes musician Chris Daughtry actress Elizabeth Banks, close out their show for Naval Support Activity Bahrain personnel with Journey's "Don't Stop Believin,'" Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Members of a USO entertainment troupe look at a navigation map onboard the coastal patrol ship USS Thunderbolt, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.  The troupe is part of a USO tour traveling to several countries to entertain servicemembers.

Members of a USO entertainment troupe look at a navigation map onboard the coastal patrol ship USS Thunderbolt, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. The troupe is part of a USO tour traveling to several countries to entertain servicemembers. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Members of a USO entertainment troupe, including musician Chris Daughtry, meet sailors stationed aboard mine countermeasures ship USS Sentry, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.

Members of a USO entertainment troupe, including musician Chris Daughtry, meet sailors stationed aboard mine countermeasures ship USS Sentry, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Actress Elizabeth Banks, middle, waves to sailors stationed aboard mine countermeasures ship USS Sentry while walking aboard with comedian David Wain and the ship's commanding officer, Lt. Cmdr. Janice Pollard, Monday,  Dec. 7, 2015.  Banks and Wain are part of a USO tour visiting several countries.

Actress Elizabeth Banks, middle, waves to sailors stationed aboard mine countermeasures ship USS Sentry while walking aboard with comedian David Wain and the ship's commanding officer, Lt. Cmdr. Janice Pollard, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. Banks and Wain are part of a USO tour visiting several countries. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Actress Elizabeth Banks, left, and comedian and  actor David Wain look at the mine countermeasures ship USS Sentry during a troop engagement, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.  Banks and Wain are part of a USO tour traveling to several countries to entertain servicemembers.

Actress Elizabeth Banks, left, and comedian and actor David Wain look at the mine countermeasures ship USS Sentry during a troop engagement, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. Banks and Wain are part of a USO tour traveling to several countries to entertain servicemembers. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Actress Elizabeth Banks shows surprise at the small living spaces for sailors stationed aboard mine countermeasures ship USS Sentry during a troop engagement, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.  Banks is part USO tour traveling to several countries to entertain servicemembers.

Actress Elizabeth Banks shows surprise at the small living spaces for sailors stationed aboard mine countermeasures ship USS Sentry during a troop engagement, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. Banks is part USO tour traveling to several countries to entertain servicemembers. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

MANAMA, Bahrain — The USO brought some special guests to Naval Support Attachment Bahrain Monday to meet and entertain personnel serving on the Middle East base.

This year, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, came along with musician Chris Daughtry, actress Elizabeth Banks, comedian and writer David Wain, and comedian Sydney Castillo.

Also joining the entertainment troupe were musicians Kyle Jacobs, Brett James, Billy Montana, and Boston Red Sox players Heath Hembree and Steven Wright.

Dunford said this tour is an opportunity for him to thank the troops for what they do and to acknowledge the sacrifices they are making this holiday.

“I can say people back home actually care about you and people back home are supporting you, but when I bring people from back home to actually be out there, it delivers the messages much more effectively than I can deliver myself,” he said.

The stop in Bahrain is part of a three-continent USO tour to entertain troops serving overseas during the holiday season.

church.chris@stripes.com

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