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Randy and Kelly Owen Join Dignitaries for Official Commissioning

FORT PAYNE, ALABAMA, APRIL 21, 2009.  Randy Owen, front man for the legendary country music group Alabama, sang the National Anthem and shared encouraging words during the commissioning ceremony for the 1343rd Chemical Company of the Alabama National Guard being deployed to Kuwait this week.

"This is our hometown, and these soldiers and families mean a lot to us," said Owen. "It is truly special to be a part of sending off our soldiers and sharing the pride and pain with their families."   

Also in attendance were Congressman Robert Aderholt  (4th dist. "R" AL) and Major General Blaylock (Commander of the Alabama National Guard). General Blaylock spoke of his appreciation: "Our citizen soldiers are there for the people of Alabama during hurricanes and floods and we are committed to our national duty to serve our state and our country while we are at war".

Randy Owen and his wife Kelly encourage all citizens around the country to support the troops and help their families at home. "Many have served and many have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom," added Owen. "We honor them by taking care of our own."

Randy Owen is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the recipient of over 150 awards as the lead singer of Alabama. Now pursuing a solo career with the release of the CD One On One and his book "Born Country," Randy is performing to thousands of new and loyal fans annually.