Atlantic City, NJ (November 29, 2016) – Last week, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields traveled abroad with the Honorable Patrick Murphy, Under Secretary of the Army, to visit our troops in U.S. Army Central Command and U.S. Army Europe Command areas over the Thanksgiving Holiday.  The five-day tour included visits to Kuwait and Germany.


Photo by Renee Russo

Savvy met with troops at the Joint Training Center for lunch, traveled to the Combined Operations and Intelligence Center for a tour, and finished up the day by sitting down for dinner with the soldiers.

Photo by Renee Russo

The following day, Savvy traveled to the Kuwaiti Naval Base to visit with troops on base and to thank them for their service. On Thanksgiving Day, Savvy offered motivational remarks to those participating in the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5k Run. Later, Savvy met with soldiers in the medical facility before serving and sharing a Thanksgiving meal with soldiers at Camp Buehring.


The tour concluded in Germany, where Savvy met with soldiers and their families during “Black Friday” shopping. The Miss America Organization thanks our military around the world for their service to our nation. A special thanks to the Honorable Patrick Murphy, Under Secretary of the Army, for leading this visit abroad, as well as to the USO for the tireless work of their staff and volunteers who are dedicated to organizing visits like these to our military each year.



The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, is the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the United States, awarding millions of dollars annually.  The Miss America Organization is comprised of 52 licensed organizations, including all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $14 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007.