Toby Keith recently set out on his ninth USO tour to entertain the brave young men and women serving our country in the Middle East.

So far on Keith's 12-day, three-country USO tour, he has lifted the spirits of more than 9,900 service members currently serving over seas.  Among the places visited were the USS Enterprise CVN-65 and the USS Leyte Gulf CG-55.

Toby told USO reporters, "Since my first tour, I've been hooked on performing for the troops.  I start looking forward to my next USO trip the minute I touch down here in the States. I love it and I love our troops, they are the best in the world."

Since his first USO tour in 2002, Keith has traveled to 11 countries and participated in eight USO tours. He has lifted the spirits of troops and their families stationed in Africa, Belgium, Cuba, Germany, Italy, Korea, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan and Macedonia, as well as those U.S. troops on the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq - many of whom were serving at small remote forward operating bases.

To see more photos - check out Toby Keith's Facebook page

Toby will be bringing his "Locked and Loaded" tour to Wyoming to perform at Cheyenne Frontier Days this summer, with opening act Eric Church.  Get your tickets and more show info now at -

To Toby and to all who go out of their way to show our troops how much we appreciate them and their service, we say - Thank You!