Stewart Completes USO Tour In Afghanistan

This photo is from last year's USO tour in which Stewart and select coaches visited troops in Iraq.
 
This photo is from last year's USO tour in which Stewart and select coaches visited troops in Iraq.
 

June 18, 2009

DAVIS, Calif. - For the second straight year, Gary Stewart has completed an overseas trip with the United Service Organization (USO). The latest experience for the UC Davis head men's basketball coach was a tour in Afghanistan as part of the USO's "Operation Hoop Talk: Talking With The Troops."

Stewart and seven other current and former head college coaches joined forces and spent six days in Afghanistan. The trip encompassed a total of eight days with one spent in Kuwait both before and after traveling to Afghanistan. Modes of transportation included the C-17, C-130 and Black Hawk helicopter.

While in Afghanistan, the contingent visited troops in Kandahar, Bagram and Kabul. The coaches took part in "meet and greets" as well as a tour of an F-15 and various military transport vehicles. In addition, the coaches were present at a service for a fallen soldier. They also visited four hospitals, including the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Last year, Stewart took part in the same operation in Iraq. As a result, he is one of three current collegiate coaches to have visited both Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the USO tours.