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*Beyonce had a personal message for thousands of U.S. troops stationed in Kuwait and Afghanistan who were surprised with a New Year’s Eve screening of their HBO special “On the Run.”

“I just want to say a big thank you to our troops for everything you do to keep our country safe,” she said in a message that played during a USO countdown to 2015. “We all sleep better at night knowing that you guys are protecting us, and we’re filled with gratitude.”

Fast-forward to the 2:15 mark to see Beyonce’s message below:

“Watching the On the Run concert made me forget I was in Afghanistan for the holidays … thank you,” SSGT Ferguson — who is stationed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan — said, according to a USO press release.