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In 2006 a small-town girl from North Carolina named Kellie Pickler found fame on American Idol’s fifth season, charming even grumpy Simon. Six years later Kellie’s got three albums, tons of awards, and a freshman spot on Maxim’s 2012 Hot 100 under her sexy belt. Even so, none of these trump Kellie’s most admirable accomplishment: her unwavering support for America’s troops. This past Memorial Day marked her fifth tour with the USO, and though the boys overseas were sad to see her leave, we think these pictures just might cheer them up.

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"I come from a military family. My grandfather is a retired Marine, and I’ve always had a great deal of respect for anyone who serves our country. It really does take someone special to sacrifice everything. I don’t mean just their lives, either. There are men who are sacrificing the chance to hold their newborn baby!"

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"I go through the airport with the official military travel backpacks, and people will come up and say, 'Thank you for your service.' I’m like, 'Oh, no. Don’t let these bags fool you. I’m just a big supporter!' I know they’re either going, 'She’s in the service?' or 'Man, we’re fucked.'"

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Albemarle, North Carolina

Birthday: June 28

Twitter: @kelliepickler

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Kellie Pickler