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Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet


Founded in 1951, Armed Forces Entertainment provides the best in up-and-coming American entertainment to US troops and family members stationed overseas, with priority to remote and isolated locations, ships at sea, and contingency operations. Entertainment is provided to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

Armed Forces Entertainment is an Air Force command operation and is the single point-of-contact with the Department of Defense for providing entertainment to US military personnel serving overseas. Armed Forces Entertainment is the lead agency in providing transportation and logistical support for the United Services Organization (USO) in bringing celebrity entertainers to troops.


Recruit, schedule, transport and host entertainment acts for performances at military installations overseas.


In 2016, Armed Forces Entertainment has conducted 90 tours that totaled over 350 performances.


Armed Forces Entertainment reaches 300,000 military personnel at 175 US military installations worldwide, including bases located in:


Aerosmith, Darius Rucker, Nelly, 3 Doors Down, Slant, Colbie Caillat, George Wallace, D.L. Hughley, WWE, MMA, NFL, NBA, MLB sports teams, NFL Cheerleaders, Cirque Dreams, and many more.


Over the last 60 years, entertainment has served as one of the biggest morale boosters for U.S. Troops serving overseas. From the first muddy, make-shift stages where theatrical performers sang and danced for military personnel and their families to today’s showstoppers that reach military bases around the world, the Department of Defense has made entertainment a top priority.

The responsible organization for overseas military entertainment has changed names and jurisdictions over the last five decades; from the United Services Organization Camp Shows to the U.S. Army’s Armed Forces Professional Entertainment Office (AFPEO) and resting today with the U.S. Air Force’s Armed Forces Entertainment office. But the mission has remained constant; to provide a program of live, professional entertainment to enhance the quality of life for Armed Forces personnel.

Today, Armed Forces Entertainment is the single point of contact for the Department of Defense for providing entertainment to troops overseas. More than 60 tours are sent out providing over 600 performances per year to 400,000 soldiers.


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