Country Stars Shine in Camp

By Sgt. Ann M. Venturato

LSA Anaconda, Iraq (July 13) — It was a boot-scooting time on the Fourth of July weekend as the Stars for Stripes tour featuring Danni Leigh and Chalee Tennison sang for an enthusiastic crowd of service members and civilians at the Sustainer Indoor Theater here.

The two singers took turns singing for the audience during the two-hour show July 4.

"We are able to feed off of each other and offer the audience a homier experience," said Tennison.

Tennison, who is a big fan of Tammy Wynette, dedicated Wynette's song "Stand by Your Man," to the service members deployed in Iraq.

The entire band was proud to be here to support the troops during their tour which goes until July 14.

"We're here to support the troops," said Mike Mckenzie, bass guitarist.

This was the second tour for the Stars for Stripes organization. All of the band members look forward to returning in the future to support the troops.

"We try to go to remote sites because the Soldiers there need it the most," said Judy Seale, the president of Stars for Stripes.

The audience got into the spirit of the show clapping hands to the music along with the performers.

Pfc. Gary Dewitt, a soldier with the 226th Medical Logistics Battalion, worked a little pelvic action for the audience when he got up on stage and sang Elvis Presley's "Blue Suede Shoes."

Audience members had a great time listening to the music and escaping the realities of being in Iraq.

"I love it. It was a great show," said 1st Sgt. Lyle Clark, the first sergeant for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 372nd Engineer Group.

Clark wasn't the only one to enjoy the show, Spc. Danny Nunez also had a great time.

"It was pretty good. I am not normally into country music. I came to enjoy the show," said Nunez, a Soldier with 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment.

The show also got rave reviews from Staff Sgt. Maria Garcia.

"I thought it was awesome. I think the audience really enjoyed it," said Garcia, a Soldier with the Corps Distribution Command, 13th COSCOM.


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