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Actress Brooklyn Decker and TV personality Christine “Chrissy” Teigen, both models, wrapped up their first ever USO tour this past week. The two ladies spent time with troops in the Middle East on 9/11 to personally thank our servicemen and women while out on tour. The entertainment duo focused on lifting the spirits of the troops and bringing laughter and smiles to the many faces there.
The ladies visited hundreds of troops while touring overseas. They took time to autograph magazines and DVD covers. Decker and Teigen also posed for photos, took part in the daily activities on base and extended America’s thanks to our troops – all with huge, goofy grins.
Decker and Teigen both made their major debuts in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues in 2006 and 2010, respectively. Decker can be seen in her most recent role in Peter Berg’s summer movie “Battleship,” a fiction naval war film. Other big screen credits for Decker include “Just Go With It” with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Anniston, and the 2012 release of “What to Expect When You are Expecting.” The Hollywood star expressed her anticipation of her first USO tour.
“I’m so honored to take part in my first USO tour and give thanks to the men and women currently serving their time in the Middle East,” said Brooklyn Decker.
In addition to her modeling in fashion and sports magazines, Teigen plays guest host and correspondent roles on E! Entertainment and “EXTRA.” Last month, Nine West announced its third annual Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC) and named Teigen as one of eight models to be photographed by USO tour veteran and industry-respected photographer Nigel Barker as part of the fundraising campaign. Despite her busy onscreen schedule, leading up to the tour, Teigen expressed her excitement in meeting our troops overseas.
“I know this experience will be unforgettable, and I can’t wait to let our troops know how much their sacrifice is appreciated.”
“I actually reached out to the USO myself!” she said. “I’ve been wanting to do a tour for years. While shooting ‘Battleship,’ I became quite close with Col. Greg Gadson, who is very involved in the USO. I basically pressured him to help me out!”
“We tried to be extra goofy and fun just because well, let’s face it, Brooklyn and I have no singing or dancing talents to bring to these people!” Teigen said. “We had to do something!”
“I’ve always had a soft spot for the military,” Decker said. “It might be because of my North Carolina upbringing where a lot of people choose that path, but I knew the USO was an integral part in supporting the military and making sure our troops are well taken care of while they serve our country. I feel that if I’m not serving, I should help to support our troops as much as possible.”
“I’m always taken aback by how young our troops are, how committed they are and the high moral standard that they are held to,” Decker said. “It’s just impressive all around. I don’t know many 20-somethings that can be that selfless.”
“It was inspiring to see firsthand the things our troops risk and leave behind to be there,” Teigen said. “I feel like this is just the beginning. When I think of tour, I think of multiple stops. This is just the first stop!”