Trace Adkins pays tribute to service members, families

by Airman 1st Class Ciara M. Travis
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

In honor of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, country music icon Trace Adkins performed for the KMC at a concert Sept. 11 in Hangar 3.

The concert was headed up by the United Service Organizations, Armed Forces Entertainment and the 86th Force Support Squadron and was open to all military ID cardholders.

“It’s such a humbling feeling to be held in such high esteem of those that serve their country,” Adkins said. “It’s also very flattering and I certainly enjoy it.”

The USO veteran has done several tours downrange and says he does it because of the utmost respect he has for the troops.

“I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again ― as long as people are deployed, I will keep going,” Adkins said. “As the (commemoration) of 9/11, this day is a somber day for me.”

Adkins volunteered to perform for service members, despite the
recent loss of his home to an electrical fire.

“I think it’s great that artists go out of their way to show service members their appreciation,” said Senior Master Sgt. David Scott, USAFE ground safety manager. “It means a lot to have someone like Trace Adkins come and act as almost a voice of appreciation for those back in the states.”

The concert ended with Adkins singing about a service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice ― his life.

In the song “Arlington,” the lyrics speak from the fallen service member’s perspective who was buried on the sacred grounds of Arlington.

“It was such a wonderful concert,” Scott said. “He did such a good job at making us feel at home again ― even if it was for just a few hours.”

The concert was broadcasted live on the American Forces Network Pentagon channel and aired to most of the area of responsibility.

“Just know we are behind you 100 percent,” Adkins said. “And remember that you have (America’s) support and prayers.”