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An All-Star Salute to the Troops Concert to Air Tuesday, May 20

The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions have announced additional information regarding the servicemen and women from the United States Armed Forces, who performed on stage with some of the biggest names in country music during  ACM PRESENTS: AN ALL-STAR SALUTE TO THE TROOPS, taped on Monday, April 7th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In honor of Armed Forces Day (May 17) observances, the two-hour concert event, co-hosted by LL COOL J and Chris O’Donnell, will air Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Merle Haggard, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry all performed and paid tribute to our country’s remarkable all-volunteer military force. Many of the artists were joined on stage by service members from the United States Armed Forces including Marine Capts. John Ed Auer & Matt Smith (performance with Lady Antebellum), Army Sgt. Christiana Ball (performance with Lee Brice), Navy STG3 Destiny Mills Coates (performance with Keith Urban), Marine Lt. Col. Mike Corrado (performance with Toby Keith), Army Spc. Kelly A. Gregg (performance with The Band Perry), Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Katie Spira (performance with Hunter Hayes), Marine Staff Sgt. Brandon Valentine (performance with Rascal Flatts) and Air Force Staff Sgt. Baily Zimmerman (performance with Kellie Pickler), in addition to, Air Force Master Sgt. Harry Bounds, Navy Lt. Chelsea Brunoehler, and Coast Guard ME1 Noah Reinhart (who joined the other service members on stage for a special performance with Toby Keith). Additional information on military participants is listed below.

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh was in attendance and thanked ACM, talented artists and all who give of themselves and their time to support the troops and their families.

During a special moment, superstar Toby Keith was surprised onstage by USO CEO, retired Brig. Gen. John Pray, who presented him with the Spirit of the USO honor in recognition of his many USO tours and longtime support of our U.S. military.

The special also includes moments and stories of incredible bravery and integrity in addition to appearances and presentations by Marcus Luttrell (retired U.S. Navy SEAL), Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”), Craig Morgan (U. S. Army Veteran/Country Music Artist), Nancy O’Dell (“Entertainment Tonight”), and Sheryl Underwood (former Staff Sergeant in the Air Force Reserves/“The Talk” host).  Proceeds from ticket sales for ACM PRESENTS: AN ALL-STAR SALUTE TO THE TROOPS benefitted ACM Lifting Lives.

PARTICIPANTS FROM THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES:

·         U.S. Marine Corps Capt. John Ed Auer, Performed on fiddle with Lady Antebellum

Current Position/Duty Station:  Silent Drill Platoon Commander, stationed at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.

·         U.S. Army Sgt. Christiana Ball, Performed on vocals with Lee Brice

Current Position/Duty Station: Drill Sergeant for Initial Entry Military Police Soldiers, stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

·         U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Harry Bounds, Participated in finale with Toby Keith

Current Position/Duty Station: Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, stationed at Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina

·         U.S. Navy Lt. Chelsea Brunoehler, Participated in finale with Toby Keith

Current Position/Duty Station: Instructor Pilot at Training Air Wing FIVE in Milton, Florida

·         U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Mike Corrado, Performed on vocals with Toby Keith

Current Position/Duty Station: Executive Officer, Wounded Warrior Regiment, stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia

·         U.S. Army Spc. Kelly A. Gregg, Performed on vocals with The Band Perry

Current Position/Duty Station:  Patient Administration Specialist, stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas

·         U.S. Navy STG3 Destiny Mills-Coates, Performed on vocals with Keith Urban

Current Position/Duty Station:  a Student at the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center at Naval Base Point Loma, California

·         U.S. Coast Guard ME1 Noah Reinhart, Participated in finale with Toby Keith

Current Position/Duty Station:  Maritime Enforcement Specialist, assigned at U.S. Coast Guard Island Alameda in California.

·         U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matt Smith, Performed on guitar with Lady Antebellum

Current Position/Duty Station:  Assistant Operations Officer, stationed at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.

·         U.S. Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Katie Spira, Performed on vocals with Hunter Hayes

Current Position/Duty Station: Executive Officer aboard the Cutter ADAK

·         U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Brandon Valentine, Performed on vocals with Rascal Flatts

Current Position/Duty Station:  Radio Operator, stationed at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twenty-nine Palms, California

·         U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Baily Zimmerman, Performed on vocals with Kellie Pickler

Current Position/Duty Station: Aircrew, Aerospace Medical Craftsman, stationed at Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina

ACM PRESENTS: AN ALL-STAR SALUTE TO THE TROOPS was produced for television by dick clark productions and taped at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Monday April 7, 2014 and will air on Tuesday May 20, 2014 at 9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark and Barry Adelman are executive producers. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

About ACM Lifting Lives

ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.  Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives develops and funds music-related therapy and education programs, and serves members of the community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. Through generous donations and the support of artists and fans, ACM Lifting Lives is able to fund everything from disaster relief and helping communities in need, to music education in schools and music camps for those with disabilities, to supporting programs that use music therapy as a means to help our veterans and wounded warriors, while providing grants to help them ease back into life. For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.

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