WASHINGTON D.C. (CelebrityAccess) — The United Service Organizations (USO) staged its first live streamed concert from The Anthem in Washington D.C. on Thursday night.
The concert, which featured the bro-country duo Florida Georgia Line, paid tribute to US service members and military families, who were watching from nearly 90 USO watch parties around the globe.
USO tour veteran, actor-comedian Adam Devine, hosted the evening’s festivities longtime USO supporter Chef Robert Irvine, who has 14 USO tours under his belt, served as special guest.
“Tonight’s event is a new way for the USO to deliver on its mission to connect service members to family, home and country, as we bring together USO centers and performers with this single worldwide event,” said USO Senior Vice President of Brand Advancement Paul Allvin. “What made it all the more special was the talent who donated their time to perform. You cannot do better than Florida Georgia Line, Adam Devine, and Chef Robert Irvine. The whole evening combined to remind us all how connected we really are as Americans, military and civilian alike.”
Throughout the evening, the crowd heard also heard from service members and senior leaders who have been directly impacted by the USO’s mission of supporting the U.S. military.
This included live video connections to three remote USO locations – USO Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, USO Yokosuka in Japan, and USO Alaska Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson – led by Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Paul Selva; Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. James McConville and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein, who thanked the USO for connecting service members back to the things that give meaning to their service.
“I can tell you it personally gives me very deep satisfaction knowing every morning when I wake up that what I do really matters,” Gen. Selva told the crowd.
“At the center of the USO is a very big seven letter word that best defines why we are here – service. But, tonight is also about the first word in the USO – united,” Gen. David Goldfein added. “And we are united tonight in celebrating the positive mission the USO has been accomplishing decade after decade for those who serve.”