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Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers, hwo just performed at The State Room this past Friday night, were just named the 2010's 'Entertainers of The Year' by Armed Forces Entertainment.
The band was chosen for their "passionate commitment to entertaining U.S. military personnel overseas including The Middle East, the Mediterranean and Europe.""We are pleased to announce that Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers are the 2010 Armed Forces Entertainment Entertainers of the Year," said USAF Lt. Col. Kathleen Weatherspoon, Chief, Armed Forces Entertainment, in a press release. "The feedback we received from their tour overseas was overwhelming. The troops really enjoyed getting to meet and talk with the band members in addition to the seeing the show. Our military members truly appreciate the entertainers who donate their time and bring a "little piece of home" to them. Entertainment, particularly in our remote and isolated locations, is a huge morale booster." "We are thrilled to be given a shout out for doing something that we so thoroughly enjoyed doing," stated Kellogg in the release. "We are looking forward to getting back overseas in 2011."Armed Forces Entertainment created the 'Entertainer of the Year Award' to recognize and honor an artist or group of artists who has performed overseas with Armed Forces Entertainment. The award is the highest achievement associated with touring for Armed Forces Entertainment and is a direct acknowledgement of the artists' exemplary participation and involvement with Armed Forces Entertainment. The Entertainer of the Year award was first given by Armed Forces Entertainment in 2008 to the band Catchpenny.
Here's hoping more bands follow the Sixers' lead.