Story & photo by Tim Hipps, Installation Management
Command Public Affairs
SAN ANTONIO — Active-duty Soldiers bring the emotional, mental,
physical, spiritual and Family pillars of military life to the stage in
“Army Strong,” the 2012 U.S. Army Soldier Show.
The show will perform at the Fort McCoy Rumpel Fitness Center, building
1122, at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8.
The cast of the 2012 U.S. Army
Soldier Show will be at Fort McCoy Sunday, July 8 for a 2 p.m.
Doors open at 1 p.m., and all seating is on a
first-come, first-served basis. The performance is free and open to
“Every section of the show has something to do with strength in one
of those areas,” production manager and producer Tim Higdon said.
The 90-minute song-and-dance production is designed to accentuate
the strengths and resiliency of Soldiers and military Families
through modern songs, current hits, vibrant costuming, exciting
choreography and spectacular visuals.
“That is in line with the chief of staff’s motto for this year,
which is, ‘The strength of our nation is our Army, the strength of
our Army is our Soldiers, the strength of our Soldiers is our
Families, and that’s what makes us Army Strong,” Higdon said.
“So the show is designed to follow that theme, and to highlight the
strength aspect all the way through.”
Soldiers will sing and dance their way into the audiences’ heart,
mind and soul.
“Entertainment for the Soldier, by the Soldier,” is the working
motto of the U.S. Army Soldier Show, which is designed to deliver a
positive message to the troops.
“It’s all about ‘Army Strong — Hooah!’ So we’re moving out and doing
that,” Higdon said.
The 2012 edition unveils a state-of-the-art, high-resolution LED
video wall — 13 feet tall by 28 feet wide — featuring photographs of
Army life on a virtual backdrop revolving from scene to scene and
song to song.
“It’s going to be a very visual show — very current, very modern,”
Higdon said. “We’re excited about that new aspect of the show. The
incorporation of that LED technology is going to make the show move
forward with a very modern and relevant presentation.”
As always, sections of the show are dedicated to legends of the
entertainment industry, such as Etta James.
Another blast into the past features a segment accentuating musical
eras of the 1920s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, capped with the Rolling
Stones’ classic “Satisfaction.”
“I have to say the talent is exceptional,” Hurtado said. “They
really pick up, and they really deliver.”
The five-month tour performs at least 60 shows in at least 31
venues, including a Pacific journey to Hawaii and Japan.
One goal of the U.S. Army Soldier Show is to promote resiliency by
giving fellow troops an opportunity to unwind, relax and re-evaluate
the world in which they live, along with the way of life that they
defend. And how they do it: Army Strong.