March 26, 2008
Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville will be one of five college football coaches that will participate in a tour visiting military bases throughout the Middle East, May 20-26.
The tour is a first of its kind for NCAA football and Armed Forces Entertainment. The college coaches will participate in meet and greets at various bases, as well as coach flag football teams made up of servicemen and women. Additionally, the head coaches will host a symposium, allowing audience members to ask questions.
"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to spend time with the troops in the Middle East," Tuberville said. "They have made so many sacrifices to help protect our country and this is a small way that I, along with the other coaches on the tour, can say 'thank you.' I know we'll get to visit with a lot of college football fans and hope to see several Auburn Tigers along the way."
Joining Tuberville will be Mark Richt of Georgia, Randy Shannon of Miami (Fla.), Jack Siedlecki of Yale and Charlie Weis of Notre Dame.
"College football is an All-American sport-it truly showcases the drive, determination and teamwork that is similar to the U.S. Armed Forces," said Air Force Colonel Edward Shock, Chief of Armed Forces Entertainment. "We are proud to bring this tour to our military men and women, and my hat goes off to these coaches for spending their downtime with our troops."
Morale Entertainment is organizing the tour in association with Armed Forces Entertainment. A television concept for the tour is being developed by Morale Entertainment in conjunction with Big Dog Productions. Broadcast details will be released at a later time.
Armed Forces Entertainment is the lead Department of Defense agency for providing entertainment to U.S. military personnel serving overseas, with priority given to those in contingency operations and at remote and isolated locations. The Department of the Air Force is the executive agent of Armed Forces Entertainment.
Founded in 1951, Armed Forces Entertainment brings a touch of home to more than 500,000 troops annually, embracing the best of Americana that stretches across all genres of entertainment. Visit www.armedforcesentertainment.com for more information.