• Sgt. Nelson Villamizar, an Apache armament avionic electrician of 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, shows Lance Armstrong how the AH-64 Apache operates during his Dec. 15, USO tour at Forward Operating Base Fenty, in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province.

    Lance Armstong in an Apache helicopter

    Sgt. Nelson Villamizar, an Apache armament avionic electrician of 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, shows Lance Armstrong how the AH-64 Apache operates during his Dec. 15, USO tour at Forward Operating Base Fenty, in eastern...

  • Comedians Kathleen Madigan and Lewis Black listen to safety protocols before firing at the weapons range during an USO tour at Forward Operating Base Fenty, near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Dec. 15.

    Madigan and Black on the Range

    Comedians Kathleen Madigan and Lewis Black listen to safety protocols before firing at the weapons range during an USO tour at Forward Operating Base Fenty, near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Dec. 15.

  • Comedians Lewis Black and Kathleen Madigan, along with athlete Lance Armstrong, tour several offices on Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, during an USO tour, Dec. 15.

    Tour of TOC

    Comedians Lewis Black and Kathleen Madigan, along with athlete Lance Armstrong, tour several offices on Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, during an USO tour, Dec. 15.

  • Comedian Kathleen Madigan greets Muhammad Tamim Samadi, U.S. Department of State translator, while visiting several offices during a USO tour at Forward Operating Base Fenty, near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Dec. 15.

    Kathleen Madigan in Afghanistan

    Comedian Kathleen Madigan greets Muhammad Tamim Samadi, U.S. Department of State translator, while visiting several offices during a USO tour at Forward Operating Base Fenty, near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Dec. 15.

  • Col. Andrew P. Poppas, Task Force Bastogne commander, greets Lance Armstrong upon arrival to Forward Operating Base Fenty, in eastern AfghanistanAca,!a,,cs Nangarhar province, Dec. 15.

    Lance Armstrong in Afghanistan

    Col. Andrew P. Poppas, Task Force Bastogne commander, greets Lance Armstrong upon arrival to Forward Operating Base Fenty, in eastern AfghanistanAca,!a,,cs Nangarhar province, Dec. 15.

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FENTY, Afghanistan -- Several entertainers, sponsored by the USO, visited servicemembers here Dec. 15.

The group included comedians Lewis Black and Kathleen Madigan; athlete Lance Armstrong; and special guest Deborah Mullen, wife of U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

During their visit to Forward Operating Base Fenty, located just outside of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, they received a short briefing on what Task Force Bastogne accomplished thus far in their deployment and were escorted around the area to meet servicemembers.

"Welcome to FOB Fenty," exclaimed TF Bastogne commander, Col. Andrew P. Poppas.

The area has improved considerably, but it's a hard fight wherever we go, he continued.

At the conclusion of the brief, they received coins in honor of their visit to Fenty, and in return, they wished the colonel and his task force a Merry Christmas.

The group was also taken to one of the hangars and shown the AH-64 Apache helicopter, an OH-58 Kiowa helicopter and a medical evacuation helicopter.

The group then visited the weapons range. They received the opportunity to fire various types of machine guns, shotguns, rifles and a pistol.

"It was intense," said an excited Armstrong after firing the M4 rifle, AK-47 and MK48. "I don't do a lot of that. It's pretty crazy ... a lot of power."

After firing, the entertainers and athlete made themselves available to the servicemembers at the range for autographs, conversation and photos.

"It was a lot more fun than I was expecting," said Spc. Jerrett Ransom, member of the Quick Reaction Force, Transportation Platoon, Company A, 426th Brigade Support Battalion. "I think everyone out here had a good time shooting guns."

As their tour of FOB Fenty was winding down, the group stopped by the dining facility to eat, then gathered at the USO, where they sat, talked to servicemembers and signed a few more autographs.

"Lewis Black was a pretty nice guy, and Lance Armstrong was nice too," said Spc. Anthony A. Gordy. "I wasn't expecting them to be as 'hooah' as they were."

Before departing, the group commemorated the trip with group photos with the troops at the USO building.

"This was a great experience. Today was a lot of fun," said Black.

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