By Todd Kortemeier | Dec. 26, 2018, 12:54 p.m. (ET)

Shaun White visits the 8th Marine Regiment as part of the USO Holiday Tour on Dec. 23, 2018 in Norway.

 

Shaun White’s career as a pro snowboarder takes him all over the world to compete, but he’s doing a different sort of globetrotting this week as he is one of several celebrities helping to entertain U.S. troops deployed overseas for the holidays.

White is traveling as part of the 18th Annual USO Holiday Tour. Known as the “Force Behind the Forces,” the USO organizes events such as these to help boost morale and provide some moments of levity to servicemembers who can’t be with their loved ones over the holidays.

The three-time Olympic gold medalist has chronicled his trip thus far on social media, showing him hanging out with troops in Norway, Bahrain and Iraq. Other celebrities on tour include actors Wilmer Valderama and Milo Ventimiglia, plus U.S. dignitaries like Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford. This was White’s first time on tour.

 

 

“I've always wanted to do something with our service members, so when the USO and Gen. Dunford invited me to spend the holidays with them, I immediately jumped at the opportunity,” White said.

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White also got the unique chance to fly on the vice president’s specially modified Boeing 757, an aircraft commonly known as Air Force Two.

“Guys, excited to let you know what an honor and privilege it is to be a part of the (USO) Tour,” White said in an Instagram post, excitedly posing in front of the plane. “I can’t think of a better way to spend the holidays than getting to make new friends, spend time with our troops, and fly around on AIR FORCE 2!!”

 

 

Add the tour to a list of amazing things White has done in 2018, from earning his third Olympic gold medal in February to winning two ESPY awards to putting on the Air + Style music and snowboarding festival in Los Angeles. For his next trick, the 32-year-old will return to his roots on the skateboard as he’ll attempt to qualify for the sport’s debut at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. 

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.