Brad Paisley Honors Troops With Surprise Trip To Afghanistan

Over Memorial Day Weekend, country superstar Brad Paisley made a special visit to Afghanistan to give thanks and honor to 3,000 troops by performing for them at Bagram Airfield, accompanied by none other than President Obama. The unannounced trip began with Brad hopping onto Air Force One on Saturday night with Obama and a few of his advisers and arriving in Bagram on Sunday Morning. Paisley says the trip was "the honor of my life".

Image courtesy of Pete Souza, The White House via Schmidt Relation

Image courtesy of Pete Souza, The White House via Schmidt Relation

Obama says that this trip was extremely secretive, telling our troops "He had to juggle a lot of stuff and had to figure out how to explain it to people without explaining it to people without going into details, this was a big sacrifice for him. And he did it because he cares so deeply about our military". 

Paisley explains the trip as "the honor of my life". He has returned home safely, tweeting "God bless America, home safe. Thanks for the lift BO. Our military is the best the world has ever seen. #memorialday". 

Just after promoting his new album "Just As I Am", singer Brantley Gilbert was also seen in Washington, D.C. over Memorial Day honoring fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery at the national ceremony. Country music has been known for American pride and giving credit to our troops, with hits like "Courtesy of the Red White and Blue", "American Soldier", and "Letters From Home". It is so heart warming to see artists like Brad and Brantley showing that they care.

"This is country music, and we do."


- Lauren