Keeping a wonderful tradition of beautiful blondes entertaining U.S. troops abroad during the holidays, the sexy, silly, and talented country singer Kellie Pickler spent her Christmas Day wearing “camouflage leggings and rhinestone boots” while performing for U.S. soldiers on Dec. 25 in war torn southern Afghanistan.
The 27-year-old Pickler may have finished in sixth place on TV’s “American Idol” in 2006, but finished first in the hearts of troops and fans while in Kandahar, according to The Washington Post.
Pickler was here to thank them, to shake their hands, to assure them that Americans hadn’t forgotten about their sacrifices, even as support for the war sinks to a new low. She was also here to sing twangy love songs.
For one day, she was Dinah Shore in Normandy, Marilyn Monroe in Korea, Raquel Welch in Vietnam. A blond spark that lit the desert.
Although the Afghan Army has taken over much of the fighting in Afghanistan while the White House plans the American withdrawl, American troops will maintain a presence in the area through next year.
While in Afghanistan with the USO, the 2013 “Dancing with the Stars” winner mingled with the troops and posed for photos with the soldiers, with many of the troops having their shoulder slung rifles at the ready.
She visited wounded troops, told the top U.S. commander in southern Afghanistan about her Chihuahua, saw an Afghan boy who had been blinded by a makeshift bomb, spoke emotionally about the importance of the war effort:
“If I were an Afghan woman, I would hope someone would help me provide a better life for me and my children.”
Kellie traveled in Black Hawks and Chinooks and even fired a howitzer during her stay.
Troops and Afghans in the region, even those who formerly weren’t familiar with the effervescent Kellie Pickler, soon became smitten.
“She told me I had the most beautiful eyes she had ever seen,” Cpl. Clay Beyersdorfer said. “I’m ready to die now.”
“Who is that? She is a very pretty woman. Will she take a picture with me?” said Edris Searat, an Afghan interpreter working with the U.S. Air Force.
The USO has been sending celebrities and performers to American military bases around the world since 1941 on a mission of boosting troop morale.
And according to Kellie Pickler regarding her trip to Afghanistan “There’s no place I’d rather spend Christmas.”
For more on the lovely Kellie Pickler and images of her bikini body gracing Twitter, see the video accompanying this article.
Merry Christmas Kellie Pickler. Merry Christmas and “thank you” to our troops.
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