Charlie Wilson drops a bomb on service members

13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)
Story by Sgt. John Stimac

Date: 02.24.2010
Posted: 02.27.2010 03:53
News ID: 45917
Charlie Wilson drops a bomb on service members

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq — Charlie Wilson of the Charlie Wilson Band performed for more than 300 service members and civilians at the Sustainer Theater Feb. 24 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.<br /> <br /> Wilson, a Tulsa, Okla., native, who now lives in Los Angeles, said this was his second tour in Iraq, which ran Feb. 17-25 with a final stop in Kuwait. <br /> <br /> Wilson recently overcame prostate cancer and put out a new album, and then came to JBB and performed his hit single "There Goes My Baby." He also performed some of his classic Gap Band songs, including "You Dropped a Bomb on Me."<br /> <br /> "It's great to see their smiles, even if it is for only a few moments ... It's good knowing they're having a good time," he said.<br /> <br /> Wilson said he knows Soldiers have tough jobs.<br /> <br /> "I know it's kind of crazy out there and anything can happen," he said.<br /> <br /> Jenna Lankford, an assistant for Wilson and a Los Angeles native, said the group was more prepared than it was last year and knew what to expect.<br /> <br /> "We come here for the troops," said Lankford. "It's not about getting paid; it's about the people risking their lives for us and us being able to give one good night of entertainment."<br /> <br /> Spc. Tyler E. Klinger, a food service specialist with the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and a Kent City, Mich., native, said he was relatively unfamiliar with Charlie Wilson but he wanted to see a good concert.<br /> <br /> "I think these shows are great for morale," said Klinger.<br /> <br /> Spc. Vashion R. Lee, also a food service specialist with the 13th ESC and Tallahassee, Fla., native, said he had heard of the Gap Band and knew Wilson's other music.<br /> <br /> "I heard his music when I was growing up all the time," said Lee. "I know he has been working with R. Kelly as well."<br /> <br /> Wilson said he has made some memories in Iraq.<br /> <br /> "I love coming here," he said. "I come here to make [service members] have some fun and that's the bottom line. I've been asked to come back next year and I'm delighted to."<br /> <br /> Wilson said he appreciates service members' work and will continue to bring his love to them.<br /> <br /> "From the bottom of my heart, anything I can do for you just ask and I'm on my way," he said. "I don't care what it is or what's going on; if you can get me here, I'm there."<br />