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    TV personality Carson Daly visits National Training Center

    TV Personality Carson Daly Visits National Training Center

    Photo By Giancarlo Casem | Shell casings fly and dirt is kicked up as TV personality Carson Daly fires an M249...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Giancarlo Casem 

    11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

    FORT IRWIN, Calif. - Carson Daly, the host of the late night show, "Last Call," visited Fort Irwin to film an episode dedicated to the Soldiers at the National Training Center, May 27.

    The former radio DJ and VJ showcased the Soldiers of the National Training Center during an episode of "Last Call" which aired on June 1.

    "We wanted to show one full episode of my late night show to tell the Army story, in particular to come to Fort Irwin where so much of that great national training is taking place," Daly said.

    Originally, the producers of the show wanted to do just a segment, the idea then ballooned to a full 30-minute episode.

    "We wanted to do a full episode to really draw awareness for our young audience of the incredible job the Army men and women are doing for our country," he said.

    Daly is no stranger to the military, being the son of a military brat. His grandfather served with the 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, N.C., and deployed to Vietnam. His mother, Pattie, was born in Fayetteville, N.C. Daly said he has the Special Forces insignia tattooed on his left arm in honor of his grandfather.

    Daly started his day with a helicopter ride from Burbank to the main post helipad. From there, it was on to Range 1 where he fired an M9, an M4 and an M249 squad automatic weapon, while wearing the proper protective equipment.

    Joe Sirstman, a musician and a guest of Daly's, said that the SAW surprised him. It was his first time firing a firearm, and he said the only prior experience he has had with weapons was watching them in movies.

    "You expect there to be a kick, but there's barely anything," Sirstman said.

    Although Daly said that firing the weapon and riding in an M1A1 Abrams was fun, it was not the highlight of his visit.

    "The highlight is to be working. In theory, I'm at work right now. The fact is that the work I'm doing right now is important; that I get to come and meet all the troops, spend time on the base," he said. "Obviously shooting the guns and riding the tank fulfilled a bid kid [dream], but the work that I'm doing feels good, that's what I enjoy most about today."

    Later on in the day, Daly and his film crew visited one of the training villages of the NTC, Medina Jabl. They had the opportunity to watch a training event unfold. The experience was an eye-opener to the crew and to Daly. He said it gave him an idea of what troops go through, but he could never fully get a sense of what the Soldiers experience.

    "I can never get a sense of that," he said. "I don't think anybody, unfortunately, thinks about it enough. I think that what we're doing here today and devoting a whole show to the efforts of what the guys go through, I hope that will put it in the minds of people. This will give them just a sneak peek to see that the Soldiers here are working, training every day, in this climate in the 'box,' that's similar to Afghanistan and Iraq. This is just a small look in to what everybody is doing overseas, so I have a better understanding of that, but it will never be enough."

    After meeting with troops, and experiencing a little of what they go through, Daly had high praises for the Soldiers.

    "Incredible," he said whole heartedly about the Soldiers. "The troops are what you want men and women to be like in the world. Whether or not you enlisted and then now you are out and you're back in the real world, what is thought to these troops is so evident when I meet them. The way that they talk to each other, the respect for the chain of command, the character, the ethics, the morals, the patriotism; these are the qualities you want in human beings, so when I hang out with these troops, it reminds me of the way I want to be, and the way we all should act, it's been very influential."



    Date Taken: 05.27.2009
    Date Posted: 05.29.2009 13:24
    Story ID: 34290
    Location: FORT IRWIN, US 

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