‘CSI’ actor visits with WTB

| February 18, 2011 | 0 Comments
Actor Gary Sinise accepts a cake baked for him by a young fan, Monica Williams, during the WTB meet-and-greet. (Tere Bandy | Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs)

Actor Gary Sinise accepts a cake baked for him by a young fan, Monica Williams, during the WTB meet-and-greet. (Tere Bandy | Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs)

Nick Spinelli
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Anyone serving in the military for any length of time has probably seen a USO show or attended a meet-and-greet with a famous actor and/or musician.

Particularly since the beginning of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, celebrity visits to military installations have been on the rise.

However, few have put in the same amount of time and dedication to meeting and performing for the military than Gary Sinise, who visited with members of the Warriors in Transition Battalion at Sgt. Yano Library, here, Feb. 12.

Gary Sinise (second from left), actor, musician and leader of the Lt. Dan Band, signs Bubba Gump T-shirts for retired Maj. Drew Dix (second from right), Medal of Honor recipient; Lt. Col. Laura Bozeman (left), speechwriter for Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, commander, USARPAC; and her husband, Mike, a wounded warrior and management analyst with the Logistics Directorate at U.S. Army-Garrison Hawaii. (B.J. Wiener | U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

Gary Sinise (second from left), actor, musician and leader of the Lt. Dan Band, signs Bubba Gump T-shirts for retired Maj. Drew Dix (second from right), Medal of Honor recipient; Lt. Col. Laura Bozeman (left), speechwriter for Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, commander, USARPAC; and her husband, Mike, a wounded warrior and management analyst with the Logistics Directorate at U.S. Army-Garrison Hawaii. (B.J. Wiener | U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

“I’m out every month doing something,” Sinise said. “I’ve been involved with veteran organizations for years, and then, shortly after Sept. 11, (I) began touring bases.”

Sinise and his band, the Lt. Dan Band, play at military installations worldwide. The actor said they always start the season in Hawaii; they already have scheduled 13 shows throughout the U.S. before the end of May.

“Due to other commitments, I can’t get overseas as much,” Sinise said, “so we make up the difference doing more domestic shows. I love the troops and want to do what I can to show how much we all honor and respect them.”

The members of the WTB have the same love for Sinise. Approximately 125 Soldiers and family members showed up to meet the actor, get autographs and pose for pictures.

 

Cpl. Chris Moran, one of the WTB Soldiers attending the meet-and-greet event, said he was excited to meet Sinise, and that he’s always been a big fan.

“He was really good in ‘Apollo 13,’ and I’ve seen him on ‘CSI: NY,’” he said, “but ‘Forrest Gump’ is one of my favorite movies, and he was great in it.”

A younger fan, Monica Williams, baked a cake for Sinise and gave it to him at the meet-and-greet.

“It was for Valentine’s Day,” she shyly explained.

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