Two lead pics today!
Let’s make that threeeee~
Last week of Military Tour!
… and the Team has many shows on the go!
And David wraps up Afghanistan with a tweet to the troops:
New pictures surfaced!
Thanks PattyAnn for tweeting us this: Regional Command East posted an album entitled “Motivational Theatre” with some pictures of David, Dan, Jason and Dean during their performance.
Here is how the album is described:
World renowed speaker/author Dan Clark, American Idol superstar recording artist David Archuleta, and celebrity impressionist Jason Hewlett performed for deployed troops and civilians at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, July 18, 2014.
and another album here:
You can BET we’ll be putting a super duper slideshow together for you!
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Don’t you love this? Thanks David from Texas for a very fitting banner! LINK
Dean Kaelin blogs!
Wow, this one gives us more insight into security for the Military Team. A dose of reality. A must read! Source
Yesterday we checked out of Ali Al Salem and drove to Buehring Camp, which is the closest U.S. military base to Iraq. Talk about desolate!! Nothing but flat land and sand as far as the eye can see. It is amazing. We even saw a few dead camels by the side of the road. Heck, if camels can’t even survive out here what hope is there for the rest of us?! Haha
The base was as nice as they could make it being in the middle of nowhere in a desert, but it was far from nice. There were a lot of very young soldiers here doing their training. They had a very nice, little theater we performed in. It is the same place they use for showing movies. It seemed like a bit of a tough audience since they were so young. They didn’t even know some of the people Jason was impersonating I think. However, at the end they gave us a standing ovation so I guess we did ok.
After the show we drove to Camp Arifjan. It was a scary ride. The freeway here is pretty crazy. And the security team that is driving us around are treating us like we’re the president or something. Whenever we travel there are 3 SUVs that go as a convoy. They split us up so that 2 of us are in two cars, then another vehicle follows up in the rear. The thing that is scary though is that they drive so close together it is like we are in the Daytona 500. Seriously! They were driving between 70 – 80 miles an hour with literally only 10 to 30 feet distance between the vehicles. I guess they do that to keep people from cutting into the convoy. At one point there was a car that cut in and broke up the convoy. You look over and it is a guy in all white robes with a beard and turban and such, so they don’t know if it’s a good guy or a bad guy. So they race like heck to try and force him out and get back in the convoy. Honestly, I felt safer on the helicopter in Afghanistan getting shot at by insurgents! Haha. I guess it’s their job though and they do it well. They are very concerned about security here. In Afghanistan nothing goes out alone, everything is in at least twos; planes, helicopters, convoys, etc. I guess they are responsible for our safety, but it seems a little over the top, especially since we are in Kuwait, which is overall pretty safe. Two shows tomorrow.
(Dean has friended a number of people so you can now comment on his blogs on FB)
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Encounter in Kuwait
Yesterday, PattyAnn responded to an innocent tweet, as many of you often do, re: “who is David Archuleta”. But this tweet was more than just a general question. This young woman is in Kuwait! And Emily L. has a great vantage point during the performance and tweets this picture: And lucky Emily gets to meet David after the show! I hope she was able to get a BEGIN. CD! More from Emily on the message from Dan Clark: I hope you had a good time Emily! Thanks for the recount for the fans! * * * * *
Where in the world are the FOUR?
First, a summary from Jason: And how hot is it? Yikes, always the same: sun sun sun sun sun And heat! Even in the evening, it’s close to 100 degrees F! *Editor’s Note: I have no idea if the group is in Kuwait City or elsewhere; just a guess* Yesterday, Dean mentioned that they had to travel the “long way around” to get to Kuwait, as they could not fly over Iran airspace.
We flew back to Kuwait on an C-130. Everyone was hoping for a C-17 because the C-17 is a jet and the C-130 is a 4 engine prop plane. It was a 5 ½ hour flight in not very comfortable seats, no beverage service, SUPER loud, and not even a lavatory. It was extra long because we can’t fly over Iran so we have to go around. Source
Here’s a reminder geography-wise of where the group has travelled: Yesterday, Jason reminded us of where they all are It appears from Dan Clark’s early blog there are stops in Ethiopia and Djibouti : we’ll see! All the best to the team and wishing them continued success and safety in the days ahead!
Our Reader Sparkles2 Shares
The reality of dealing with life changing events in the military came to life in our comments section yesterday. Sparkles shared her story about her son’s struggles, and we appreciate her doing that with us. David and his team are helping to inspire and uplift those who need it most. Thanks again Sparkles2
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From Orrigami Entertainment
From Gina Orr’s FB page. A good reminder of all those goes into bringing a musical artist to each of us to perform. A large investment! Source here.
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Celebrate! National Junk Food Day today
So, I did a Topsy search looking for “junk” as in junk food on David’s account, of course, and found nothing. David tweets about the good stuff, but I’m sure there is a hamburger, handful of fries, or chips with dip sprinkled here and there in the diet. My man child certainly does! This is about the closest I got to today’s national day with this one … Sad, right? A few tweets about elk and bison burgers. No tweets about junk food, but boy, did I ever find ALOT about food. I could take a map of the world and colour in all the countries David has mentioned in his food tweets. Of course, Asia and South and Central America would be an explosion of colour! Maybe we’ll do just that on World Food Day in October! * * * * *
Prayers to members of our Fan Family
Thinking of members of our Fan Family at this time. Thanks to TheVoice for letting us know: