Female comediennes bring comic relief for troops
March 16, 2011
CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Soldiers assigned to 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, delighted in comedic performances from entertainers of the "It's Not That Time of the Month" All Female Comedy tour, March 12.
The comediennes visited Joint Security Station India and Al Kisik to provide comic relief to deployed Fort Hood troopers.
"I've always wanted to use my gift to give back to people, and it warms my heart to be able to come overseas and make these Soldiers laugh and smile," said Carmen Barton, a comedienne from St. Louis.
Troop B, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment Soldiers, 4th AAB, based out of Al Kisik were happy to see the group of female entertainers.
Currently 1st Sqdn., 9th Cav. Regt. Soldiers are conducting Tadreeb al Shamil, Arabic for All Inclusive Training, with the 3rd Iraqi Army Division to enhance Iraqi soldiers' offensive and defensive capabilities at the squad, platoon and battalion levels.
During the hour-long performance, the U.S. Soldiers took a break from advising, training and assisting their Iraqi Security Forces partners and enjoyed their first Morale, Welfare and Recreation sponsored-event at the remote base.
"It was good to see my guys be able to relax and take a small break from the training we do out here," said Capt. John Nimmons, a native of Temple, Texas, and commander of Troop B.
The comedy tour also traveled to JSS India bringing laughter to 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment Soldiers, who also work with Iraqi soldiers in support of Operation New Dawn.
Soldiers at JSS India are responsible for advising 3rd IA Division soldiers participating in Operation Lion Leader Forge, a "train the trainer" program designed to enhance the Iraqis' tactical capabilities and leadership skills.
"It's always nice to have visitors that appreciate and support the work we do over here," said Sgt. James Huffman, a metal worker, from Fort Hood, Texas, assigned to Company E, 2nd Bn., 7th Cav. Regt.
The "It's Not That Time of the Month" All Female Comedy tour is scheduled to travel to different military bases in Kuwait and Iraq celebrating Women's History Month.
"The events and performances we do for our men and women overseas are the most rewarding shows we take part in," said April Macie, a comedienne hailing from Los Angeles.
At the end of the comedy tour performances, the women close-out the event by thanking the Soldiers "for everything they do".
Afterwards Dionna Nichelle, the vocalist that tours with the comediennes, sang "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler as a special tribute to all the U.S. service members currently deployed overseas.
"We enjoyed coming out here, spending time with the Soldiers and making them laugh for however long we were on stage. We wish them well and hope they'll all come home soon," said Nichelle.