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'Price is Right' salutes America's Armed Forces

Members of the U.S. Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard were invited to "come on down" at a recent military-only "Price is Right" taping, scheduled to air on Veteran's Day.

This year's salute to the Armed Forces came complete with an Army color guard and Marine Corps band. The audience, packed with Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, was full of nervous anticipation as the contestants entered the studio.

A look of hope crept across each service member's face as they anticipated the fact that they might be the next contestant to place an opening bid, get on stage or maybe even play "Switch, Switch" on a historic nationally televised program.

As visions of Showcase Showdowns danced through their heads, the affable star of the show, Drew Carey, greeted the crowd and made his allegiance, as a former Marine, known.

Ultimately, two Marines (Camp Pendleton's Cpl. Christopher Morrison and Lance Cpl. Zachery Garrison), a Soldier (Pfc. Christina Dubry from Ft. Irwin), Sailor (USS Ronald Reagan Petty Officer Second Class Sharice Elmore), Airman (Tech. Sgt. Amber Honeycutt from Edwards AFB) and Coast Guardsman (Petty Officer Joshua Tighe from the San Pedro, CA sector) found themselves just a spin away from tens of thousands of dollars in prizes.

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service's Chief of Staff Col. Virgil Williams, who personally delivered $6,000 in shopping sprees and hundreds of Military Exchange Global Prepaid Phone Cards to the CBS studio, was just a few feet away from the action. "Everyone serving, or who has served, had a vested interest in the outcome," said Williams. "The whole show was exciting, but the end was something anyone who watches won't soon forget."

Scheduled to air Nov. 11 on CBS at 11 a.m. (ET); 10 a.m. (PT), the program marks the third year that the "Price is Right" — the longest-running game show in television history — has dedicated an entire show to America's Armed Forces. more

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