From February 15 to March 1, 2005, Dan was a guest of Air Combat Command’s 9th Air Force Central Command and traveled to Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan and Iraq. Dan spoke 23 times on 12 bases, to 30,000 troops and to 2,500 sailors and marines on the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier. Dan landed on and took off the carrier deck in the Persian Gulf.
Dan took 30,000 packages of Juicy Fruit gum, sponsored and sent by Telecom Corporation out of New York, with the support and blessing of their amazing and generous CEO, Ed Donelan. The troops loved it! They send their heartfelt thanks to Telecom!
At the conclusion of each speech, Dan offered to phone their loved ones when he returned to the States to say hello and pass on their love. Over 500 airmen, soldiers and sailors gave Dan names and numbers. It took him several weeks to make the calls, but what a magnificent experience to marines connect with the families of our brave and unselfish service men and women.
Dan has since been Down Range eight times conducting his popular ‘Military Tribute Tours’ most recently taking Jason Hewlett, Dean Kaelin, and David Archuleta to Kuwait Afghanistan, Bahrain, and Africa – and going with Global Samaritan Resources on a humanitarian mission to Erbil, Iraq, and Kurdistan.
When asked if Dan was proud of his efforts, he replied that everything military-related has always been pro bono. This is his small way of serving his country, helping his America and giving back a little to our finest, most noble military men and women, whom he so deeply appreciates and loves!