Darryl Worley recently made his 10th visit to troops serving overseas, entertaining service men and women in Afghanistan and Kuwait. For this visit, Darryl wanted to visit the tiny and elite Special Ops sites, where military serving on the front lines rarely receive celebrity visits. The tour was sponsored by Armed Forces Entertainment, Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Stars for Stripes (SFS).
“I’ve had the opportunity to travel to some of the small FOBs on previous tours and saw the impact our visits made on the men and women in those sites,” Darryl said. “It has been a dream of mine for several years to do an entire tour focused on the remote sites where our Special Ops Forces are located. Those guys are our unsung heroes, facing the most dangerous situations and not asking for any recognition for their service. To be able to personally visit and thank that segment of our nation’s heroes was truly a special blessing.”
On this trip, Darryl was accompanied by his longtime friend and guitarist, Jeff ‘Soir’ Jared, and Stars for Stripes President Judy Seale. Judy founded SFS in 2003 and helped make it possible for Darryl to visit the special op sites.
“When I founded Stars for Stripes, my goal was to reach the most remote sites where our men and women serving rarely receive celebrity visits,” Judy said. “I’ve accomplished that goal throughout the years, but never to the extent that we managed on this tour. It was life-altering for all of us, and we were so fortunate to have the opportunity to say thank you in person to those who rarely receive those accolades. I will forever be grateful to Darryl for his support and having the foresight to recognize the need for tours like this.”
Darryl’s tour began on the Western Part of Afghanistan with a visit to the Marine Special Operations Forces, then headed to the Navy Seals at Village Stability Platform, where our troops live in a village with the locals. Bad weather extended Darryl’s stay in the area, enabling him to spend more one-on-one time with troops. He spent his final day in Afghanistan at the Army Special operations Forces. His final performance took place in Kuwait at the Ali Al Salem Air Base.
“These tours always touch my heart and feed my soul,” Darryl said. “I feel so incredibly inspired, honored and humbled at the same time.” Now back in the United States, Darryl will resume his regular tour schedule, which includes performances at CMA Music Festival in Nashville and BamaJam 2012, where he will host the festival’s opening night on June 14.