In 1951, Armed Forces Entertainment was established with the mission to provide entertainment to military personnel at military bases around the world – to bring them fun and relaxation through comedy, music, theater, magic, dance and sporting events.
The 50s through the 70s saw the Korean Conflict, the Cold War and the Vietnam War. Our armed forces were engaged in defending the nation around the globe, and we were there to provide them with entertainment in a time without Internet or available radio. Where USO sent celebrities or performers, we were ready on the ground to field all shows.
By the close of the Vietnam War, the AFPEO had sent thousands of performers, celebrities and dignitaries to entertain U.S. military, DOD and DSC personnel living overseas. The mission to mount military shows for deployed troops marched forward.
The U.S. Air Force was tapped as Executive Agent overseeing celebrity and non-celebrity programs to troops overseas. Armed Forces Entertainment was formed as a jointly manned office. Entertainers who support the military flocked to AFE to perform.
The COVID pandemic lead to our first virtual performances. We also launched our first major tours with our summer Heat Wave shows. Our 70th anniversary featured a virtual alumni tour.
Today we are focused on bringing the current entertainment that today’s personnel want to see. Including musicians, singers, comics, celebrity chefs, athletes and magic shows.
AFE began with 'camp shows' for troops deployed overseas in major conflicts, like Korea and Vietnam. Bob Hope is one of the most notable performers of the era.
AFE was featured on CMT's Hot 20 Countdown with a special holiday performance from country duo Big & Rich at NSA Bahrain.
AFE kicked off the first annual Heat Wave Summer Concert Series with incredible music events around the world, including RIMPAC.
AFE launched a virtual concert series called Home Grown to help bring entertainment to the troops during the pandemic.
AFE celebrated our 70th Anniversary in 2021 with a virtual concert series featuring alumni performers, like Chris Kroeze, Danika Portz, Pop Rocks and more.