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Country singer Joe Nichols performs “Size Matters” at the Fort Carson USO Aug. 25.

Country singer Joe Nichols performs “Size Matters” at the Fort Carson USO Aug. 25.

Mountaineer Staff

Country artist Joe Nichols signed autographs and performed a mini-concert at the Fort Carson USO Aug. 25.

Nichols signed autographs and posed for photos with those who attended the event.

He later took requests from the audience and sang some of his biggest hits, including “Tequila Makes Her Clothes

Fall Off,” “Size Matters” and “Believers.”

“He was so amazing,” said Sgt. Amber Spencer, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. “I am a big-time fan, and I feel so lucky to be here.”

Spencer said she appreciates when celebrities visit with Soldiers and their Families.

“I think it’s wonderful that they take time out of their very busy schedules to come out and show their support of the military.”

While some celebrities contact USO to arrange visits, other times Fort Carson USO program manager, Phil Martinez, arranges the visits by coordinating with artists’ labels, he said.

“Since we have opened, in less than a year, we have brought comedian Carlos Mencia, country music star Darryl Worley and professional sports Hall of Famers Rick Berry and Rich Gossage,” he said. “A tremendous effort is involved (to bring artists here) to include several weeks, and sometimes months, in planning, negotiating with artists labels and management and all logistics necessary to ensure the setup for the entertainer and/or artists meets the USO standards of excellence.”

Nichols was one of the artists that Soldiers and Families requested via a suggestion box at USO, Martinez said.

“Our goal is to provide as much goodness to troops and their Families (as we can),” he said. “Entertainment is one of the most requested services of the USO, and our obligation is to support those needs for our troops and Families as much as possible.”

Martinez called the Nichols visit and concert a success.

“The event exceeded our expectations because of the intimate environment that was provided for Joe Nichols to perform,” he said. “He enjoyed the ability to interact with the audience in a small setting and showed his appreciation for the selfless sacrifices our Soldiers and Families are making for our country.”

USO is one of the many nonprofit organizations that benefit from the Combined Federal Campaign, which kicks off Sept. 23.

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