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Cassadee Pope performs USO concert for Icemen Team

U.S. Air Force Col. Todd Robbins, the 354th Fighter Wing (FW) vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brent Sheehan, the 354th FW command chief, meet with Cassadee Pope April 8, 2017, at the USO on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Robbins and Sheehan talked to Pope about the new Eielson USO facility, and the positive contributions it has made to the Iceman team and their family members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman)

U.S. Air Force Col. Todd Robbins, the 354th Fighter Wing (FW) vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brent Sheehan, the 354th FW command chief, meet with Cassadee Pope April 8, 2017, at the USO on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Robbins and Sheehan talked to Pope about the new Eielson USO facility, and the positive contributions it has made to the Iceman team and their family members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman)

U.S. Air Force Airman Anthony Anderson, a 354th Force Support Squadron fitness specialist, explains how to use a knocker ball to Cassadee Pope April 8, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Anderson gave Pope a tour of the Baker Field House and explained the services it provides for the Iceman Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman)

U.S. Air Force Airman Anthony Anderson, a 354th Force Support Squadron fitness specialist, explains how to use a knocker ball to Cassadee Pope April 8, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Anderson gave Pope a tour of the Baker Field House and explained the services it provides for the Iceman Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman)

U.S. Air Force Col. Todd Robbins, the 354th Fighter Wing vice commander, speaks with Cassadee Pope and her tour manager about the F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft April 8, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Robbins explained the functions of the F-16 and how it contributes to Eielson’s mission of prepare, deploy and enable. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman)

U.S. Air Force Col. Todd Robbins, the 354th Fighter Wing vice commander, speaks with Cassadee Pope and her tour manager about the F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft April 8, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Robbins explained the functions of the F-16 and how it contributes to Eielson’s mission of prepare, deploy and enable. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman)

Cassadee Pope enters the stage at the Ernie Walker Theater April 8, 2017, on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Pope performed her first USO tour, with Eielson being her very first stop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman)

Cassadee Pope enters the stage at the Ernie Walker Theater April 8, 2017, on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Pope performed her first USO tour, with Eielson being her very first stop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman)

Cassadee Pope and her band perform during a USO-sponsored concert April 8, 2017, at the Ernie Walker Theater on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Pope performed for the Icemen Team and their families for free in her very first USO concert. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman)

Cassadee Pope and her band perform during a USO-sponsored concert April 8, 2017, at the Ernie Walker Theater on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Pope performed for the Icemen Team and their families for free in her very first USO concert. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska --

Lights, sound check, sing! After a full day touring Eielson Air Force Base, Cassadee Pope geared up to perform her first USO concert, with Eielson being her first stop.

Pope’s day began at the USO, where she met with Col. Todd Robbins, the 354th Fighter Wing vice commander, Chief Master Sgt. Brent Sheehan, the 354th FW command chief, families and other members of the Icemen Team.

“USO-sponsored events like this help the Icemen Team build resiliency,” said Robbins. “The USO brings a tremendous amount of energy and support for Airmen and their families and we couldn’t ask for better partners.”

After visiting the Baker Field House and the Two Seasons Dining Facility, Pope was able to learn about the Eielson mission and see an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft up-close.

“I’ve had a very warm welcome from the people here at Eielson,” said Pope. “I got to tour the grounds and see breath-taking jets; being able to thank the men and women who serve our country has been incredible.”

Pope will continue on her USO tour with multiple stops throughout Alaska. As her first USO tour, Pope said she enjoys working with the organization and hopes she can continue her contributions to thanking the members and families of the Armed Forces.

“The USO stands for keeping everybody safe in a world that’s unpredictable, and creates a safe place and brings a lighter feeling to a somewhat heavy environment”, said Pope.

The USO helps strengthen American’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, their home and their country throughout their service to the nation. They provide free events at military bases world-wide and around-the-clock hospitality in airports for traveling service members and their families.

“I just want to say thank you to everyone who serves our country,” said Pope. “Thank you for allowing me to perform; I’ve had an incredible time.”