America's Toughest re-enlists

5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Story by Spc. Matthew Thompson

Date: 04.27.2009
Posted: 05.28.2009 06:08
News ID: 34201

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Toby Keith performed five of his hit songs and helped in the re-enlistment of a Soldier during the USO's America's Toughest Tour at Forward Operating Base Shank, April 27.<br /> <br /> Spc. Brian Teal, a logistics specialist with B Company, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, saw a Toby Keith video in which he held the flag during a Soldier's re-enlistment ceremony and wanted Toby Keith to do the same for him when the country music star visited.<br /> <br /> "I got the idea from a friend and decided I'm just going to give it a whirl and go from there," Teal said. "I brought it up to the retention Non-commissioned Officer that I wanted to re-enlist when Toby Keith performed."<br /> <br /> According to 1st Lt. Natalie Withers, the executive officer and platoon leader for B Company, the whole brigade made it possible for Teal to have Toby Keith present for his re-enlistment.<br /> <br /> After Keith's performance, Withers and Teal joined him on stage.<br /> <br /> The Billarica, Ga., native re-enlisted for six years and a change of pace by changing his job from logistics specialist to military police. Teal added he enjoys being a Soldier and intends to stay in the Army for 20 years.<br /> <br /> "I thought it was awesome that Toby Keith took the time to be present for a Soldier's re-enlistment," Withers said.<br /> <br /> This was also the first time Withers carried out a re-enlistment ceremony. <br /> <br /> Teal, a big country music and Toby Keith fan, said he felt great and was really pleased that Toby Keith took time out of his schedule to be present for his re-enlistment.<br /> <br /> "I want to thank everybody for making it possible, especially Toby Keith," Teal said.<br /> <br /> Toby Keith and Scotty Emerick are on tour with the USO's America's Toughest Tour. This is the seventh time they have been in combat zones to support the troops.