Lt. Dan Band rocks Coast Guard Island, Gary Sinise tours national security cutter

11th Coast Guard District NewsALAMEDA, Calif. — Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band played for a packed house of military members, veterans and their families in Coast Guard Island in Alameda Friday following a tour on the National Security Cutter Waesche.

Sinise played lead guitar and sang out the vocals of classic and contemporary hits to a crowd of more tha 600 revelers who filled the Emlen Tunnell Gymnasium.

“We’re extremely honored to have Mr. Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band on board for this event,” said Cmdr. Bernard Sandy, one of the key organizers for the event. “We’re very grateful to the USO for making this happen, to the Medal of Honor recipient Drew Dix for attending and to Mr. David McIntyre of TriWest Healthcare Alliance for sponsoring the event. Our team poured their heart and soul into making this happen and it was well worth it.

Hours before the concert, Sinise, accompanied by Medal of Honor recipient Drew Dix and CEO of TriWest Healthcare Alliance David McIntyre, toured the Cutter Waesche and lunched with its crew. Sinise spoke to them about his travels with the band and his strong support for the military through his charitable foundation, the Gary Sinise Foundation.

“I’ve been doing a lot of USO traveling for the troops, visiting our wounded and helping military families, meeting a lot of wonderful people along the way,” said Sinise. “We’re trying to good things in behalf of our military, so eventually I just decided after all that work and all those relationships… to start the Gary Sinise Foundation to help the military, their families and first responders… which was the next logical step.”

Vice Adm. Manson Brown, Pacific Area Commander who accompanied Sinise, thanked him for visiting Coast Guard Island. He also encouraged the Waesche crew to enjoy the concert.

The United Services Organization (USO) and Tricare sponsored the concert and since 2004, the band has performed for more than 230,000 military members in the United States and overseas.

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