WWE Superstars visit NBK

Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman William Blees, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest

SILVERDALE, Wash. (Dec. 11, 2013) World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstars visited Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) installations in Bremerton and Silverdale, Dec. 11.

WWE athletes visited military installations throughout the Pacific Northwest as part of their annual “Tribute to the Troops” performance. This year the performance is held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and will air on Dec. 19 and Dec. 28.

“I’m glad WWE came out today,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuels) 3rd Class (AW/SW) Jessica Graham, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). “I feel like we are appreciated for what we do for our country.”

During the visit the wrestlers participated in a meet and greet autograph signing session for Sailors and Marines stationed in the Pacific Northwest.

WWE and Armed Forces Entertainment collaborate annually to bring “Tribute to the Troops” together as a way of honoring our men and women serving in the Armed Forces.

“This is one of our favorite times of the year,” said Kofi Kingston, WWE wrestler. “We get to say thank you face-to-face and thank the troops for all they sacrifice.”

The WWE stars were given a guided tour through the base after signing autographs.

“I appreciate them taking the time to come out and be positive role models for the kids,” said Operations Specialist 1st (SW) Class Angela Kolone. “The kids wouldn’t have a chance to meet them off base.”

The WWE superstars split up into several different tour groups to visit service members on both NBK and JBLM. Along with Kingston, some of the other superstars who visited NBK were CM Punk, AJ Lee, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Ryback and Big E. Langston.

Tribute to the troops was first held in 2003 when WWE sent their stars, equipment and wrestling ring to Baghdad, Iraq to bring holiday cheer to service members overseas.

The first seven Tribute to the Troops performances took place overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom, but in 2010 the show was brought back to the states and featured for the Soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas. Last years Tribute to the Troops was held outside of Naval Station Norfolk.

131211-N-QY316-007 SILVERDALE, Wash. (Dec. 11, 2013) – CM Punk, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestler, signs shirts for Sailors during a meet and greet autograph signing session at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor in celebration of “Tribute to the Troops”. WWE athletes visited military installations throughout the Pacific Northwest as part of their 10th annual “Tribute to the Troops” performance at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which will air on Dec. 19 and Dec. 28. WWE Tribute to the Troops is an annual event held by WWE with Armed Forced Entertainment as a way of honoring the men and women of the Armed Forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman William Blees/Released)

131211-N-QY316-007 SILVERDALE, Wash. (Dec. 11, 2013) – CM Punk, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestler, signs shirts for Sailors during a meet and greet autograph signing session at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor in celebration of “Tribute to the Troops”. WWE athletes visited military installations throughout the Pacific Northwest as part of their 10th annual “Tribute to the Troops” performance at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which will air on Dec. 19 and Dec. 28. WWE Tribute to the Troops is an annual event held by WWE with Armed Forced Entertainment as a way of honoring the men and women of the Armed Forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman William Blees/Released)

SILVERDALE, Wash. (Dec. 11, 2013) Kofi Kington, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestler, signs autographs for Sailors and their families at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor in celebration of “Tribute for the Troops”. WWE athletes visited military installations throughout the Pacific Northwest as part of their 10th annual “Tribute to the Troops” performance at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which will air on Dec. 19 and Dec. 28. WWE Tribute to the Troops is an annual event held by WWE with Armed Forced Entertainment as a way of honoring the men and women of the Armed Forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman William Blees/Released)

SILVERDALE, Wash. (Dec. 11, 2013) Kofi Kington, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestler, signs autographs for Sailors and their families at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor in celebration of “Tribute for the Troops”. WWE athletes visited military installations throughout the Pacific Northwest as part of their 10th annual “Tribute to the Troops” performance at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which will air on Dec. 19 and Dec. 28. WWE Tribute to the Troops is an annual event held by WWE with Armed Forced Entertainment as a way of honoring the men and women of the Armed Forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman William Blees/Released)

BREMERTON, Wash. (Dec. 11, 2013) Ryback, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestler, shares stories with Sailors during a meet and greet autograph signing session at Naval Base Kitsap. WWE athletes visited military installations throughout the Pacific Northwest as part of their 10th annual “Tribute to the Troops” performance at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which will air on Dec. 19 and Dec. 28. WWE Tribute to the Troops is an annual event held by WWE with Armed Forced Entertainment as a way of honoring the men and women of the Armed Forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Brown/Released)

BREMERTON, Wash. (Dec. 11, 2013) Ryback, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestler, shares stories with Sailors during a meet and greet autograph signing session at Naval Base Kitsap. WWE athletes visited military installations throughout the Pacific Northwest as part of their 10th annual “Tribute to the Troops” performance at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which will air on Dec. 19 and Dec. 28. WWE Tribute to the Troops is an annual event held by WWE with Armed Forced Entertainment as a way of honoring the men and women of the Armed Forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Brown/Released)

BREMERTON, Wash. (Dec. 11, 2013) Big E Langston, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestler, plays pool during a meet and greet autograph signing session at Naval Base Kitsap.  WWE athletes visited military installations throughout the Pacific Northwest as part of their 10th annual “Tribute to the Troops” performance at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which will air on Dec. 19 and Dec. 28. WWE Tribute to the Troops is an annual event held by WWE with Armed Forced Entertainment as a way of honoring the men and women of the Armed Forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Brown/Released)

BREMERTON, Wash. (Dec. 11, 2013) Big E Langston, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestler, plays pool during a meet and greet autograph signing session at Naval Base Kitsap. WWE athletes visited military installations throughout the Pacific Northwest as part of their 10th annual “Tribute to the Troops” performance at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which will air on Dec. 19 and Dec. 28. WWE Tribute to the Troops is an annual event held by WWE with Armed Forced Entertainment as a way of honoring the men and women of the Armed Forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Brown/Released)

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