Country superstar Brad Paisley said Monday it was “the honor of my life” to join President Obama in a surprise Memorial Day weekend visit to thousands of soldiers serving at Bagram Air Force base in Afghanistan.
Paisley performed Sunday for about an hour before turning the microphone over to the president.
Less than a day earlier, he moved up a 9 p.m. concert at an Iowa festival to 2 p.m. so he could perform for the troops.
Caitlin DeForest, publicist for the Tree Town Music Festival told News 2, “It was a packed crowed even with a time change.”
President Obama said Paisley “had to juggle a lot of stuff” to secretly pull off why he had to move up the Saturday concert date.
“He had to try and explain it to people without explaining it to people – his wife and two young sons, promoters and agents,” President Obama told the soldiers. “This was a big sacrifice to him.”
Afterwards, Paisley posted several pictures to his Twitter account where he also wrote, “Our military is the best the world has ever seen.”
He also posted a video where he spoke in front of some of the military equipment used at the remote base.
During the brief stay in the Afghan war zone, President Obama also thanked the troops for their service and for carrying out the mission given to them.
More than 2,100 members of the U.S. military have been killed during the nearly 13 year Afghan war.