|SAN ANTONIO, (Advanced Medical Rehabilitation Group) —
After a nine-month world tour performing for fellow Soldiers and their
Families, Spc. Justin Easter returns to Fort Bliss, Texas to continue
his military duties and training, having fulfilled a personal dream.
Inspired to sing in church by his grandfather, Easter dreamed of
pursuing a musical career. However, he put that dream on the back burner
when he joined the U.S. Army during college, or so he thought.
Spc. Justin Easter fulfills a
personal dream of performing in the 2012 Soldier Show while
continuing his Family’s tradition of military service. Easter
has since returned to Fort Bliss, Texas, to resume his regular
duties as a combat medic.
(U.S. Army photo)
After Easter’s friends revealed his singing talent to their Advanced
Individual Training (AIT) commander, Easter was selected to perform the
national anthem at his AIT graduation, setting him on a path to putting
his talent to use in the U.S. Army Soldier Show. U.S. Army active-duty,
National Guard and Reserve members are eligible to be nominated for the
Soldier Show and submit video auditions for Army Entertainment’s
consideration. The Installation Management Command’s Soldier Show
auditions require Soldiers to demonstrate more than their singing and
performing talents alone. Those selected to the Soldier Show must also
demonstrate excellence in their military duties and basic soldiering
“The 25 Soldiers in the cast are hyper-motivated,” said Sgt. Drake
DeLucca, Soldier Show cast member. “They don’t just do their jobs, they
do it with a zest and a zeal that sets them apart from the rest.”
Soldiers regularly worked 12- to 16-hour days assembling and tearing
down stage sets both before and after 90-minute performances. “Being a
Soldier and a performer is kind of an odd balance, but you’d be
surprised at how well it goes hand in hand,” said Easter.
As one of the stars of the 2012 Soldier Show, Easter maintained a
fast-paced performance schedule in addition to being on-call for his
medical expertise whenever necessary.
“Anything that happens on the show; anybody gets hurt; any safety brief
that needs to be done, they’ll ask me to do it,” said Easter. “One time
a Soldier was rather dehydrated, so I did an assessment and found it
necessary to administer fluids.”
With the 2012 Soldier Show tour wrapped, Easter has fulfilled his
promise to his grandfather in pursuing his musical passion, while
following in his father’s footsteps of military service.
“Even though I joined the Army, that doesn’t mean it’s too late to be
who I really am, to give everything that I have versus just the medical
skills that I was taught,” Easter said. “People see me on stage and see
their own dreams and their aspirations realized.”
Check out this video to see Spc. Easter’s Soldier Show story:
Fort McCoy will host the 2013 U.S. Army Soldier Show July 11.