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Best part of getting stuck in Kuwait an extra day? Meeting David Archuleta!

My hubby met to David Archuleta today in Kuwait! One similar thing , they went to LDS mission and learned spanish lenguague there! Mi esposo conocio a David Archuleta hoy en Kuwait,ambos sirvieron una mission SUD y aprendieron español ahi!


Blogs from Dean Kaelin’s Facebook:

Excerpts from Jason Hewlett’s blog – US Troops Tour – Bagram, Afghanistan, Return to Kuwait, Addis Ababa & Djibouti, Africa

And we walked to the c-130 for the 4 prop plane flight out of Afghanistan back to Kuwait.

Back in Kuwait, with our Security Team, was like returning from being a POW to the life of luxury. I don’t want to over exaggerate it too much, but comparatively, Kuwait’s Ali Al Saleem base (The Rock) and Afghanistan’s Bagram are two completely different worlds. In the middle of the sand, desolation, and desert, yes, but everything about it made us feel like we returned home.

We returned to our posh, suite-like rooms, no shared bathroom, no roommates, it was like we just won the lottery. We had a special private Sunday sacrament with the amazing Branch President Kidd prior to their service starting and our departure to our next show in Buhring, and we packed up our gear, sadly leaving the graces of Ali Al Saleem.

Buhring was in the middle of even more nowhere, as we drove for about 45 minutes through the absolute desolation of Kuwait.

As I came tripping, coughing, choking out of the 140 degree pre-heated oven outhouse it was now time to perform a show of uplifting comedy and music. These are the green rooms of the stars folks, thank you, I’ll be here all week. The theatre style seating for these fine soldiers, mostly ARMY guys, and young, median age 25, made for a comfortable setting for our show. Usually Sergeants and Lieutenants only come to welcome the entertainment and then leave about 10 minutes into the show, but ours has created the tradition of keeping them glued to their seats, including the majors and generals and everyone else that usually cuts out early. Same thing happened here. And how awesome they were, grabbing hats and CD’s, waiting in line for an hour to shake hands and thank us for coming. So appreciative, so grateful for the break from day to day monotony, so pleased to be indoors away from the black plague stench seeping from the outhouses of their camp.   VIDEO HERE

That night we drove to Camp Arifjan and set up in a VIP room situation that was more like a college dorm setting.

Monday morning we had early breakfast, quick sound check, and went to meet with the highest ranking officials of the base. We received more of an overview on Kuwait, why it’s essential we have the strategic alliance here, how much they respect us and we them, and received not only the coin handshake but also a plaque for each of us, way nice and thoughtful. We did our show for about 40 men and 5 women in the afternoon in a very nice theater and really was fun to do at Camp Arifjan.  Here is a REVIEW of the show.

We then packed up and raced to Camp Patriot, which is a part of the Kuwait Naval Base, where we set up for a show that historically only had about 10 attend. The small tent was packed with couches and a tight fit, but we hoped for a good turn out. After driving a few miles and touching the Persian Gulf water (quite warm) we went to eat and began promoting the show. And luckily we had a packed house, I’d guess about 45 showed up, record broken! Another extremely special show, with young Army guys hollering out once in a while, encouraging, and being funny, David and I just sort of get out of Dan’s way and let him handle everyone, because he’s like a professional bomb diffuser. He is just so good. David’s voice soared through the night sky, as he added, “Hey Brother”, a really fun song, to his set. Even the guys who helped drive us around were saying how much they enjoyed our act because we are constantly tweaking it and saying things differently, so that helps. I also did Justin Timberlake following a guy coming up to me earlier at Arifjan who said, “Hey, I think I’ve seen you before”, to which I said, “No, that’s David you’ve seen”. He said, “No, my wife used to work for Gold’s Gym in Provo and you did our Christmas Party!”

Following the teary-eyed coin ceremony, signing pictures, and people bringing David’s missionary photos up they had copied online, we drove back to Arifjan by 10:30 PM, barely time to shower from a 2 show day in the sweaty heat of the middle east, and left by 11:00 PM for the Kuwait Airport. Our flight was out at 2:30 AM, arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Africa) at 7 AM. We mostly all zonked on the flight over.

From Dean Kaelin’s facebook:

Dan Clark’s facebook posts:

Excerpts from Jason Hewlett’s blog:

US Troops Tour – Kuwait

Wow, the days are just zipping by.

We left Bahrain on Saturday morning and finally got to drive around the city to check out what we hadn’t seen.

Traveling with Dan Clark is like jet-setting the world with the “Catch Me If You Can” guy, remember that movie? Even if we don’t know what we’re doing or where we’re going, Dan has the itinerary and is so skilled in this travel game that we end up in First Class due to his Diamond Status and world travels, or in the SkyClub Rooms prior to flights. It has been so funny to Dean, David, and I, we continually wonder if we’re allowed in, or if we just waddled behind Dan like 3 ducklings leaving the swamp for the golden pond beyond the fence line. David and I just sit there looking at each other nervously giggling at the feeling of disobedience, like two kids who just snuck into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and found the Kit Kat pre-wrapping station unattended, and wondering if we legitimately and honestly got in and can eat the buffet spreads, as Dan announces it’s all legal, it’s legit, Go Eat Boys! And then we are safe to grab a plate.

We flew on GulfAir. I saw David filming me doing the nose wiggle for the 13 or so baggage collectors scrambling to win our tip money all of a sudden gawking in shock in the airport and acting like we were all best friends after I made them smile.

The Shows have gone incredibly well. On top of that, we have had another chance to do a Fireside for a non-denominational group on base, about 40 showed up and learned that we Mormons consider ourselves Christians, as we testified of our devotion and love of our Savior, Jesus Christ. That was Saturday night. Sunday we attended a small Church service and then had the opportunity of performing for a very full house according to the standards of these types of shows (even though nearly every other seat was not filled). It’s interesting that Dean, David, Dan, and I have all become accustomed to performing for thousands of people, packed houses, and yet here we are in front of 15 one afternoon, and maybe 100 in the evenings, and yet we all go all out with every story, song, routine. Because we are honored to be here and we are professionals doing this without pay for a higher cause: To Spread Joy and Love to our Troops.

We perform for those who are willing to lay down their lives for strangers.

We attempt to inspire, through song, dance, comedy and motivation, young men and women from every corner of our great Country America The Beautiful in a way that is unprecedented. In the few shows we have done we have been told by entertainment weary event planners, who constantly beg artists and managers to come over here, to send ANYBODY decent, that this is the Greatest Show for the Troops they have ever witnessed. They have said it on camera, they say it with a hug and tears.

And then the line-up begins. Air Force, Marines, Army, Navy….either in fatigues or simply their relaxation clothes….and in perfect form line up to shake our hands, take a selfie, have a moment to express their thanks to us. To us? Are you kidding me? We are in awe at their humility and gratitude. As they say “thank you for taking the time away from your families to come over and let us forget what we are going through and possibly having to face in the near future” it about rips your heart out.

We ALL live in neighborhoods where there are families of Military.

If you want to share with them a gift because you read this Blog then go buy a few copies of David Archuleta’s albums and give them to those families to lift their spirits with his incredible gift.  Go toDan Clark’s web site and buy some of his motivational, inspirational stories, books, CD’s that change the lives of millions.  I also have DVD’s available, that would bring a smile to anyone watching, whole families together, because it’s clean comedy.

Last night’s show was incredible. We did the same set as prior and may change a few things up in the next act, but our time in Kuwait has been eye-opening, the heat searing, the wind and sand blowing non-stop, the tears flowing as we see these great soldiers committed to our safety the world over, and it has already changed my life and I haven’t been on this trip even one week.

Excerpts from Dan Clark’s blog:

Dan Clark’s Military Tribute Tour

In the past, whenever I’ve been given this sacred privilege to fire up our military troops, I have been a one-man show, traveling with a three star general and an entourage of security and VIP assistants. But today I was traveling into harms way with no security and taking three friends with me: David Archuleta, Dean Kaelin and Jason Hewlett. Yes it is my tour – I was asked by Armed Forces Entertainment to put it together. It is called the Military Tribute Tour: An Evening of Music, Comedy and Motivational Theater. David is a Sony Music Recording Artist – an American Idol super star finalist who wowed millions of viewers every time he sang. He could sing the phone book and bring a man to tears! Dean is the most incredibly talented musician on the planet and is David’s musical director, guitar and piano player on tour. Jason is the most unique comedian/entertainer I have ever known.

I proudly boast it is my tour, but today at the airport I sensed a feeling of responsibility, mutual respect, support, and shared ownership of the tour from not only my three fellow performers, but from their families.

Our 90-minute performance is in a Variety show format with me serving as the Master of Ceremonies. I begin the show with a humorous monologue and an entertaining inspirational story that sets the tone for David Archuleta to come on stage and sing, “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” I then introduce funny man Jason Hewlett who does his impressions of the Raptor, Rock and Roll Band Journey, and his experience at the dentist learning to pull his crazy faces. This rotation is repeated with me addressing the issues of resiliency, PTSD, divorce, sexual assault, substance abuse and suicide prevention.

Yes, I deal with these issues in a tactful, entertaining way, but the inspirational music and comic relief provided by David and Jason is necessary and awesome to complete our total mission and long-range purpose of this tour! On the second rotation I address the significance of example and walking on higher ground, followed by David’s performance of his hit single, “Crush,” and his version of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Jason then breaks into his impressions of Michael Jackson, Guns and Roses, Lady Gaga and Led Zepplin. And the rotation continues until David concludes our show by singing, “Hero” and “Bring Him Home, ” with an encore of “Be Still My Soul.” Seriously, I believe we are going to touch some lives forever!

As we do our best to pay tribute to our military troops and their families with 18 up close and personal thank you shows in five countries, may I challenge you to also do what you can to elevate your show of support to our troops and their families at home and a broad. God bless them. God bless America!

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