• USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS - "I'm in. When are we going?" That's what Thom Shepherd said when he was called to lead his eighth Armed Forces Entertainment tour and is seen here (left) with fiddler Renae Claveria in a performance by Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band to service and family members assigned to the Tri-Border region of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands in the U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen Activity Center Jan. 7, 2009. Army Garrisons serve as "the Army's Home" to provide base operations and quality of life support to military personnel around the world. This tour included stops at Kaiserslautern and Ramstein, Germany; Camp Bondsteel, Nothing Hill and Film City, Kosovo; the American Embassy and Hard Rock Café in Warsaw, Poland; Kleine Brogel, Belgium; and Rotterdam and USAG Schinnen, Netherlands from Dec. 26, 2008 to Jan 8, 2009. (USAG Schinnen Public Affairs)

    "I'm in. When are we going'"

    USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS - "I'm in. When are we going?" That's what Thom Shepherd said when he was called to lead his eighth Armed Forces Entertainment tour and is seen here (left) with fiddler Renae Claveria in a performance by Thom Shepherd and the...

  • USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS – Sharing the stage. Thom Shepherd coaxes USAG Schinnen Commander Lt. Col. Fern O. Sumpter and audience-members-now-participants during a concert by Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band to service and family members assigned to the Tri-Border region of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands Jan. 7, 2009. Shepherd is a favorite with military audiences for his song “Thanks to You”, “Riding with Private Malone” and the fact that he’s led eight tours of his band on Armed Forces Entertainment tours. The one part of the world he’d like to visit next, having already been just about everywhere else, is the Pacific area of operations. (USAG Schinnen Army Public Affairs)

    Sharing the stage

    USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS – Sharing the stage. Thom Shepherd coaxes USAG Schinnen Commander Lt. Col. Fern O. Sumpter and audience-members-now-participants during a concert by Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band to service and family...

  • USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS – First Class performers. Todd Cerney, on keyboards; Bob Regan  on the bass; and John Root on drums  perform with Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band to service and family members assigned to the Tri-Border region of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands Jan. 7, 2009. Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE) is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) agency that provides entertainment to U.S. military personnel overseas. They host over 1,200 shows around the world annually to over 500,000 personnel. Talent includes musicians, comedians, cheerleaders, and celebrities of sports, movies and television and, in this case, a band of songwriters who’ve written for some of Country and Western Music’s biggest stars. Todd Cerney was a Grammy nominee in the Best Country Song category for "I'll Still Be Loving You" recorded by Restless Heart and won the ASCAP Country Song of the Year for the same song in 1987. John Root is a percussion expert with a resume reaching from Hank Williams III to Tammy Cochran to Thom Shepherd. (USAG Schinnen Army Public Affairs)

    First Class performers

    USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS – First Class performers. Todd Cerney, on keyboards; Bob Regan on the bass; and John Root on drums perform with Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band to service and family members assigned to the Tri-Border...

  • USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS – Wireless prank, fiddler style. Renae Claveria finds U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Marion Diggers, an Airman assigned to the NATO Air Base in Geilenkirchen, Germany, and apparently takes a ‘shine’ to him. Claveria, who roamed the audience with a wireless fiddle during her sizzling solos, made the fiddle strings squeak as she touched Digger’s scalp, adding a special touch of fun to all who attended a performance by Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band to service and family members assigned to the Tri-Border region of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands Jan. 7, 2009. (USAG Schinnen Army Public Affairs)

    Wireless prank, fiddler style

    USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS – Wireless prank, fiddler style. Renae Claveria finds U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Marion Diggers, an Airman assigned to the NATO Air Base in Geilenkirchen, Germany, and apparently takes a ‘shine’ to him. Claveria...

  • USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS – Thanks to you. Thom Shepherd signs autographs and gives away compact discs following an Armed Forces Entertainment performance of Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band to service and family members assigned to the Tri-Border region of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands Jan. 7, 2009. To learn more about Armed Forces Entertainment, go to http://www.armedforcesentertainment.com/ and to learn more about USAG Schinnen go to http://www.usagschinnen.eur.army.mil/sites/local/

    Thanks to you

    USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS – Thanks to you. Thom Shepherd signs autographs and gives away compact discs following an Armed Forces Entertainment performance of Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band to service and family members assigned to...

  • USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS – Thanks for bringing us a slice of home. The Garrison Commander for U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Fern O. Sumpter, presents Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band a certificate and the gratitude of thousands of service and family members assigned to the Tri-Border region of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands following a concert there to hundreds Jan. 7, 2009. “It’s an honor to be a venue for you and all Armed Forces Entertainment concerts because it means so much to all of us. We’d love to host more shows and you’re certainly welcome back,” Sumpter said to Shepherd. Army Garrisons serve as “the Army’s Home” to provide base operations and quality of life support to military personnel around the world. USAG Schinnen focuses its support to Army, Air Force, Navy and other joint, inter-agency, and international personnel supporting U.S. interests in NATO throughout the Netherlands, Northern Germany, and Northern Belgium – many of whom deploy to NATO operations in Afghanistan. (USAG Schinnen Army Public Affairs)

    Thanks for bringing us a slice of home

    USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS – Thanks for bringing us a slice of home. The Garrison Commander for U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Fern O. Sumpter, presents Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band a certificate and the gratitude...

  • USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS - The devil came down to Schinnen.  Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band lift the roof at the U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen Activity Center in a concert performance to service and family members assigned to the Tri-Border region of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands Jan. 7, 2009. Renae Claveria, the fiddler in the band, wowed the crowd playing the Charlie Daniels band legendary song "Devil Came Down to Georgia" and got the audience to jump up and start dancing. Their armed Forces Entertainment tour included stops at Kaiserslautern and Ramstein, Germany; Camp Bondsteel, Nothing Hill and Film City, Kosovo; the American Embassy and Hard Rock Café in Warsaw, Poland; Kleine Brogel, Belgium; and Rotterdam and USAG Schinnen, Netherlands in a two-week European tour Dec. 26, 2008 to Jan 8, 2009. (USAG Schinnen Public Affairs)

    The devil came down to Schinnen

    USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS - The devil came down to Schinnen. Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band lift the roof at the U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen Activity Center in a concert performance to service and family members assigned to the...

  • USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS - Band Manager, blogmeister and performer. Jerry Vandiver performs with Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band to service and family members assigned to the Tri-Border region of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands in the U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen Activity Center Jan. 7, 2009. Vandiver has written songs recorder by Lee Greenwood, Barbara Mandrell, Ronna Reeves, Cleve Francis, David Lee Garza, Woody Lee and others including Warner Bros. He joined this tour that included stops at Kaiserslautern and Ramstein, Germany; Camp Bondsteel, Nothing Hill and Film City, Kosovo; the American Embassy and Hard Rock Café in Warsaw, Poland; Kleine Brogel, Belgium; and Rotterdam and USAG Schinnen, Netherlands from Dec. 26, 2008 to Jan 8, 2009. (USAG Schinnen Public Affairs)

    Band Manager, blogmeister and performer

    USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS - Band Manager, blogmeister and performer. Jerry Vandiver performs with Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band to service and family members assigned to the Tri-Border region of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands...

  • USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS - Let me show you how it's 'dun'! U.S. Army Family Member Zoe Brouns borrows Bob Regan's bass guitar in an impromptu audition before Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band performed to service and family members assigned to the Tri-Border region of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands in the U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen Activity Center Jan. 7, 2009. Regan is the Legislative Chair of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), and a three-time past president of that organization. He has written for artists such as Keith Urban, Billy Ray Cyrus, Reba McIntyre and Tricia Yearwood. His current single is the Grammy nominated "Dig Two Graves" by Randy Travis. Armed Forces Entertainment delivers the best! (USAG Schinnen Public Affairs)

    Let me show you how it's 'dun'!

    USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS - Let me show you how it's 'dun'! U.S. Army Family Member Zoe Brouns borrows Bob Regan's bass guitar in an impromptu audition before Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band performed to service and family members...

  • USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS - Sounds for the Soldiers. Ben Adamson, AKA sound technician for Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band, guides each musician through a sound check with the Stars and Stripes watching over him.
Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band performed to service and family members assigned to the Tri-Border region of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands in the U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen Activity Center Jan. 7, 2009. This tour included stops at Kaiserslautern and Ramstein, Germany; Camp Bondsteel, Nothing Hill and Film City, Kosovo; the American Embassy and Hard Rock Café in Warsaw, Poland; Kleine Brogel, Belgium; and Rotterdam and USAG Schinnen, Netherlands from Dec. 26, 2008 to Jan 8, 2009.  (USAG Schinnen Public Affairs)

    Sounds for the Soldiers

    USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS - Sounds for the Soldiers. Ben Adamson, AKA sound technician for Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band, guides each musician through a sound check with the Stars and Stripes watching over him. Thom Shepherd and the...

  • USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS - Got a patch? Thom Shepherd, with his patch-laden guitar case in the fore to mark his many stops with Armed Forces Entertainment, performs a sound check before the last concert at USAG Schinnen, Netherlands,  Jan. 7, 2009 ending a two-week tour to military bases throughout Europe Dec. 26 2008 to Jan 8, 2009. Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band entertained a crowd military service and family members and all had an Installation Management Command patch before they left to add to their collection. (USAG Schinnen Public Affairs)

    Got a patch'

    USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS - Got a patch? Thom Shepherd, with his patch-laden guitar case in the fore to mark his many stops with Armed Forces Entertainment, performs a sound check before the last concert at USAG Schinnen, Netherlands, Jan. 7, 2009...

  • USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS – Sizzlin’ strings! Renae Claveria, fiddle playing on the left, and Wade Kirby, whaling on his guitar, perform with Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band to service and family members assigned to the Tri-Border region of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands in the U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen Activity Center Jan. 7, 2009. Wade Kirby co-wrote the June 2008 number one hit “I Saw God Today” with Monty Criswell – a song recorded by George Strait.  Claveria also lit up the stage with her fiddle during this Armed Forces Entertainment tour that included stops at Kaiserslautern and Ramstein, Germany; Camp Bondsteel, Nothing Hill and Film City, Kosovo; the American Embassy and Hard Rock Café in Warsaw, Poland; Kleine Brogel, Belgium; and Rotterdam and USAG Schinnen, Netherlands from Dec. 26, 2008 to Jan 8, 2009. (USAG Schinnen Public Affairs)

    Sizzlin' strings!

    USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS – Sizzlin’ strings! Renae Claveria, fiddle playing on the left, and Wade Kirby, whaling on his guitar, perform with Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band to service and family members assigned to the Tri-Border...

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