Rap star Ludacris speaks to selected Soldiers at the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, dining facility on Fort Stewart, Dec. 7.

<b>FORT STEWART, Ga.</b> - Multi-platinum rap star and actor Ludacris visited Fort Stewart to meet with selected Soldiers, sign autographs and promote his new cognac and album, Dec. 5.

His appearance was the final event in the Army and Air Force Exchange Service's Welcome Home Extravaganza which included a concert by rock band Hinder, a kids' day including various activities, an autograph session with NBA legend Artis Gilmore and an ice skating rink at the Post Exchange.

Ludacris' visit began with a visit to the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, dining facility to meet with roughly 70 selected Soldiers.

Accompanied by Command Sgt. Maj. James Ervin, garrison command sergeant major, Ludacris took pictures with the lunch attendees and spoke briefly, offering his thanks for their service.

"I am here because I am trying to do a service to all of these troops that do a service for me," said the Atlanta native.

Following the lunch, Ludacris held a promotional event at the PX featuring his new cognac, Conjure, and his most recent album, "Battle of the Sexes."

Signing autographs and posing for pictures with the hundreds in attendance, Ludacris again paid homage to the Soldiers in attendance.

"I want to welcome back a lot of the troops," he said. "They are doing a service for me, so I want to be out here doing a service for them."

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