Actors Mike Vogel, Tate Ellington, Demetrius Grosse, Natacha Karam, Noah Mills, Sofia Pernas and Hadi Tabbal, stars of NBC’s “The Brave”, recently teamed up with the USO and visited Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. The cast members spent the day on base learning about military operations, extending their heartfelt gratitude and treating airmen to an advance USO screening of their new drama, which premieres Sept. 25.
Vogel, who plays Captain Adam Dalton, the leader of a special operations squad of highly trained undercover specialists, is no stranger to military life. He hails from a military family and spent a year working at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Vogel also launched a charity to help veterans with PTSD.
“For me, this is kind of a dream job, to be able to continue to hopefully honor and tell the story of sacrifice and service that [service members] live on a daily basis”, he said.
The USO tour kicked off with a visit to the 351st Battlefield Airman Training Squadron – Kirtland Air Force Base’s new squadron that houses the U.S. Air Force Pararescue and Combat Rescue Officer School – and a private USO meet-and-greet session. The cast welcomed airmen and their families to an advance screening of NBC’s “The Brave” and opened the floor to a USO Q&A, where each star expressed their heartfelt appreciation to America’s armed forces and took time out to personally greet srvice members and military families.
Karam, who plays sniper Sgt. Jasmine “Jaz” Khan on the show, said that the opportunity to meet service members and get an up-close look at base operations was an eye-opening experience.
“A lot of what I believed has only been reinforced”, she said about her experience on the USO tour. “The thing that opened my eyes was that I didn’t realize that groups like this existed. The stories that don’t make the news, the faces that don’t get to be seen as heroes on TV, I think it’s amazing that we get to shed light on this”.
Now Vogel, Karam and their castmates are inviting fans of “The Brave” to join the Force Behind the ForcesSM by sending a message of support to service members at uso.org/messages.