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Brad Paisley makes a detour

Tuesday, August 7, 2007 – Brad Paisley took an unannounced detour from his Hershey's Presents Bonfires & Amplifiers Tour last night, bringing his band and tour mates Kellie Pickler and Taylor Swift to Fort Campbell, Ky., home of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)- to entertain an estimated crowd of more than 35,000 soldiers and family members stationed at the base.

Paisley staged the concert as a show of appreciation for the on-going efforts of these military personnel (and others stationed elsewhere), as well as for the sacrifices made by their families and loved ones. "This is the most important concert I will play all year," said Paisley during his set. "We wanted to bring a little party to you before your next deployment."

In appreciation for his efforts, Paisley was presented with a special plaque commemorating the event.

The plaque is signed by the commanding general, Major General Jeffrey J. Schloesser, and also includes a couple of his coins-rare, specially minted pieces that the officer can give to someone as a show of appreciation for "acts of exceptional service, achievement or special recognition of a job well done, or for unique contributions towards the accomplishment of the Army's mission." Their significance in military culture is substantial - they are usually reserved for presentation to Army or Defense Department personnel as a personal acknowledgment by the general.

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