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Gary Sinise talks about the importance of the military during a free concert at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. Sinise, an actor and musician, performed with the Lt. Dan Band at the base, as he has done hundreds of times, for thousands of military audiences around the world. The Lt Dan Band gets its name from the character Sinise portrayed in the Academy-Award winning movie “Forrest Gump.” (Courtesy photo by Eva Walston)

Gary Sinise talks about the importance of the military during a free concert at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. Sinise, an actor and musician, performed with the Lt. Dan Band at the base, as he has done hundreds of times, for thousands of military audiences around the world. The Lt Dan Band gets its name from the character Sinise portrayed in the Academy-Award winning movie “Forrest Gump.” (Courtesy photo by Eva Walston)

Gary Sinise tunes his guitar during a sound check session at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. Volunteers helped set the stage for Gary Sinise and The Lt. Dan Band to perform a free concert for the Airmen and their family members at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Gary Sinise tunes his guitar during a sound check session at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. Volunteers helped set the stage for Gary Sinise and The Lt. Dan Band to perform a free concert for the Airmen and their family members at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Gary Sinise explains why he started the Gary Sinise Foundation during a meeting with military and local media at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. Sinise, an actor and musician, performed a free concert with the Lt. Dan Band at the base, as he has done hundreds of times, for thousands of military audiences around the world. The Lt. Dan Band gets its name from the character Sinise portrayed in the Academy-Award winning movie “Forrest Gump.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Gary Sinise explains why he started the Gary Sinise Foundation during a meeting with military and local media at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. Sinise, an actor and musician, performed a free concert with the Lt. Dan Band at the base, as he has done hundreds of times, for thousands of military audiences around the world. The Lt. Dan Band gets its name from the character Sinise portrayed in the Academy-Award winning movie “Forrest Gump.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

(L-R) Members of The Lt. Dan Band, Dan Myers, Molly Callinan, Jeff Vezain and Gary Sinise perform at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. The band, which is associated with the Sinise’s charity foundation and the United Service Organizations, perform more than 40 concerts for military members and their families each year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

(L-R) Members of The Lt. Dan Band, Dan Myers, Molly Callinan, Jeff Vezain and Gary Sinise perform at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. The band, which is associated with the Sinise’s charity foundation and the United Service Organizations, perform more than 40 concerts for military members and their families each year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

The Lt. Dan Band performs at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. The band, which performs more than 40 concerts a year for military members and their families, gets its name from the character Gary Sinise portrayed in the Academy-Award winning movie “Forrest Gump.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

The Lt. Dan Band performs at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. The band, which performs more than 40 concerts a year for military members and their families, gets its name from the character Gary Sinise portrayed in the Academy-Award winning movie “Forrest Gump.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Actor and musician, Gary Sinise, engages with fans on stage as he performs with the Lt. Dan Band at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. The band, which is associated with the actor's charity foundation and the United Service Organizations, perform more than 40 concerts for military members and their families each year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Actor and musician, Gary Sinise, engages with fans on stage as he performs with the Lt. Dan Band at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. The band, which is associated with the actor's charity foundation and the United Service Organizations, perform more than 40 concerts for military members and their families each year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

(L-R) Members of The Lt. Dan Band, Julie Dutchak, Molly Callinan, Mari Anne Jayme and Gary Sinise perform at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. The Lt. Dan Band derived its name from the character Sinise portrayed in the Academy-Award winning movie “Forrest Gump.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

(L-R) Members of The Lt. Dan Band, Julie Dutchak, Molly Callinan, Mari Anne Jayme and Gary Sinise perform at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. The Lt. Dan Band derived its name from the character Sinise portrayed in the Academy-Award winning movie “Forrest Gump.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

(L-R) Members of The Lt. Dan Band, Jeff Vezain, Gary Sinise and Dan Myers, perform at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. Sinise, an actor and musician, performed a free concert with the Lt. Dan Band at the base, as he has done hundreds of times, for thousands of military audiences around the world. The Lt. Dan Band gets its name from the character Sinise portrayed in the Academy-Award winning movie “Forrest Gump.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

(L-R) Members of The Lt. Dan Band, Jeff Vezain, Gary Sinise and Dan Myers, perform at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. Sinise, an actor and musician, performed a free concert with the Lt. Dan Band at the base, as he has done hundreds of times, for thousands of military audiences around the world. The Lt. Dan Band gets its name from the character Sinise portrayed in the Academy-Award winning movie “Forrest Gump.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

(Far Right) Actor Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, perform a free concert at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. The band, which is associated with the actor's charity foundation and the United Service Organizations, perform more than 40 concerts for military members and their families each year. (Courtesy photo by Eva Walston)

(Far Right) Actor Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, perform a free concert at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. The band, which is associated with the actor's charity foundation and the United Service Organizations, perform more than 40 concerts for military members and their families each year. (Courtesy photo by Eva Walston)

(Left) Vocalists, Julie Dutchak and Mari Anne Jayme, vie for the attention of U.S. Air Force Reserve Master Sgt. Jeff Walston, 913th Airlift Group, as they serenade him during a free concert by Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. The band, which is associated with the Sinise's charity foundation and the United Service Organizations, perform more than 40 concerts for military members and their families each year. (Courtesy photo by Eva Walston)
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(Left) Vocalists, Julie Dutchak and Mari Anne Jayme, vie for the attention of U.S. Air Force Reserve Master Sgt. Jeff Walston, 913th Airlift Group, as they serenade him during a free concert by Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. The band, which is associated with the Sinise's charity foundation and the United Service Organizations, perform more than 40 concerts for military members and their families each year. (Courtesy photo by Eva Walston)

Surrounded by children, actor and musician, Gary Sinise, performs with the Lt. Dan Band at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. The band, which is associated with the actor's charity foundation and the United Service Organizations, perform more than 40 concerts for military members and their families each year. (Courtesy photo by Eva Walston)
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Surrounded by children, actor and musician, Gary Sinise, performs with the Lt. Dan Band at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. The band, which is associated with the actor's charity foundation and the United Service Organizations, perform more than 40 concerts for military members and their families each year. (Courtesy photo by Eva Walston)

An enthusiastic crowd enjoys a Gary Sinise and The Lt. Dan Band performance at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. The band, which is associated with the Sinise's charity foundation and the United Service Organizations, perform more than 40 concerts for military members and their families each year. (Courtesy photo by Eva Walston)
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An enthusiastic crowd enjoys a Gary Sinise and The Lt. Dan Band performance at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. The band, which is associated with the Sinise's charity foundation and the United Service Organizations, perform more than 40 concerts for military members and their families each year. (Courtesy photo by Eva Walston)

(L-R) Ernie Denov and Gary Sinise, members of the Lt. Dan Band, perform during a free concert at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. Sinise, an actor and musician, performed a free concert with the Lt. Dan Band at the base, as he has done hundreds of times, for thousands of military audiences around the world. The Lt. Dan Band gets its name from the character Sinise portrayed in the Academy-Award winning movie “Forrest Gump.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)
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(L-R) Ernie Denov and Gary Sinise, members of the Lt. Dan Band, perform during a free concert at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. Sinise, an actor and musician, performed a free concert with the Lt. Dan Band at the base, as he has done hundreds of times, for thousands of military audiences around the world. The Lt. Dan Band gets its name from the character Sinise portrayed in the Academy-Award winning movie “Forrest Gump.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

(L-R) Dan Myers and Jeff Vezain, members of The Lt. Dan Band, perform at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. The band, which performs more than 40 concerts a year for military members and their families, gets its name from the character Gary Sinise portrayed in the Academy-Award winning movie “Forrest Gump.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)
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(L-R) Dan Myers and Jeff Vezain, members of The Lt. Dan Band, perform at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. The band, which performs more than 40 concerts a year for military members and their families, gets its name from the character Gary Sinise portrayed in the Academy-Award winning movie “Forrest Gump.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

(L-R) Members of The Lt. Dan Band, Mitch Paliga, Jeff Vezain, and Dan Myers, perform during a free concert at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. The band, which performs more than 40 concerts a year for military members and their families, gets its name from the character Gary Sinise portrayed in the Academy-Award winning movie “Forrest Gump.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)
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(L-R) Members of The Lt. Dan Band, Mitch Paliga, Jeff Vezain, and Dan Myers, perform during a free concert at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., April 29, 2016. The band, which performs more than 40 concerts a year for military members and their families, gets its name from the character Gary Sinise portrayed in the Academy-Award winning movie “Forrest Gump.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Little Rock AFB, Ark. -- Amid a deluge of rain, one building along Little Rock Air Force Base’s flight line wasn’t battening down the hatches. Lights, camera and action turned an ordinary hangar into an arena.

For the first time, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band visited Little Rock Air Force Base and performed exclusively on April 29, 2016, for Team Little Rock service members and family.

The Lt. Dan Band is a cover band founded by Gary Sinise, the actor better known for his role as U.S. Army 1st Lt. Dan Taylor from the film Forrest Gump.

Having a deep rooted appreciation for the U.S. military, which stems from a family of veterans, Sinise is personally invested in supporting the U.S. service members

“I have veterans in my family all the way back to World War I and my wife has veterans throughout her family,” Sinise said.

Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band perform for military audiences approximately 20 to 30 times a year. Recently, the group teamed up with the USO and is now on the road, playing at military installations representing each branch of service.

“I feel like I’m just a conduit for the American people’s support of the military,” Sinise said. “Our nation needs our defenders to feel special, because they are special.”

Prior to the performance at “The Home of Combat Airlift,” Sinise met with 65 Little Rock Airmen for a meet-and-greet as well as photos. The band rocked out for two hours in front of approximately 600 Team Little Rock members, who danced and sang the night away.

Giving back to service members and their families is something Sinise believes in because it celebrates their service. In addition to his performances, Sinise supports veterans by volunteering at the National Veterans Art Museum, serving as Advisory Council for the Hope for the Warriors organization and by raising money to deliver care packages for U.S. troops.

“It always brings me a smile when people in the service thank me, for appreciating them,” Sinise said.