Hooters calendar girls, Brokedown Cadillac visit JBB

Story and photos by Sgt. John Stimac
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq — The country music band Brokedown Cadillac and six Hooters calendar girls treated service members at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, to a Thanksgiving celebration Nov. 25 at Morale, Welfare and Recreation center east.

Corri English, lead singer of Brokedown Cadillac and an Atlanta native, said the group is on a 10-day tour that started in Kuwait, with their remaining shows in Iraq.

“I have tons of family in the military; my brother-in-law is currently in the Navy, and some of the other band members have family in the military,” she said. “We wanted to come here and say thank you, and what better time to come than Thanksgiving?”

English said this was her first time in Iraq and she was a little nervous about coming.

“I didn’t know what to expect when I got here,” she said. “We were really well taken care of and we were all impressed with the morale and positive attitudes of all the men and women. It was fun to be a part of that.”

Maj. Anthony Alfidi, the knowledge manger officer in charge with the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and a San Francisco native, said he believed it was terrific the group come so far to spend their Thanksgiving holiday with service members.

“This is great for morale,” said Alfidi. “It’s good to have a break from the daily grind. It gives us a chance to get some autographs from the girls and the band, which are from my home state of California.”

Sara Hoots, a Hooters calendar girl and New Braunfels, Texas, native, said she was excited Hooters chose her for the Iraq tour.

“One of the reasons I was excited about coming was not only to meet the troops, but getting to tell them how much we appreciate them back in the states,” she said.

Hoots said it was a blessing to be a part of the holiday with the service members.

“Gratitude isn’t even a word to describe what you all are doing over here,” she said. “We all miss you at home.”

Hoots also said she wanted to thank all the Soldiers in Iraq for keeping people safe back in the U.S.

“You guys are the real rock stars here,” she said.


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Service members stand in line to get autographs from Hooters calendar girls at Morale, Welfare, and Recreation center east Nov. 25 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. The women were in for a 10-day tour with country group Brokedown Cadillac.

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Service members dance with Hooters calendar girls as country music band Brokedown Cadillac performs at Morale, Welfare and Recreation center east Nov. 25 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. JBB was one of 10 stops on their tour throughout Kuwait and Iraq.