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Soldier Show brings TV 
atmosphere to performance

By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff

Approximately 600 people attending the U.S. Army Soldier Show 2009 tour event at Fort McCoy May 30 were entertained by a performance that simulated being in a live television studio, down to the lighting and props.

Photo: The cast of the U.S. Army Soldier Show sings and dances to the song "Jai Ho" from the movie "Slumdog Millionaire." (Photo by Alan Harding)
The cast of the U.S. Army Soldier Show sings and dances to the song "Jai Ho" from the movie "Slumdog Millionaire." (Photo by Alan Harding)

Pam Budda, Fort McCoy Soldier Show point of contact, said the performance showcased a wide spectrum of musical styles and emphasized the Army theme "I. A.M. Strong."

In addition to the Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program (I. A.M. Strong), the performance also reflected on the Soldiers’ strength, love of country, courage and commitment to the Army Family and Army Values, according to Col. Brick Miller of the U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreational Command.

The " I" stands for intervene and to prevent sexual assault. The "A" stands for act and to not tolerate sexually offensive behavior. The "M" stands for motivate and to take action to denounce sexual misconduct.

For more information about the I. A.M. Strong program visit the Web site http://www.preventsexualassault.army.mil or Military One Source at http://www.militaryonesource.com or call toll-free at 800-342-9647.

Photo: The cast of the 2009 Army Solider Show sings "Make Them Hear You/Warrior’s Anthem" based on versions by Tree Mo’ Tenors and Michael Peterson during the Soldier Show’s finale. (Photo by Alan Harding)
The cast of the 2009 Army Solider Show sings "Make Them Hear You/Warrior’s Anthem" based on versions by Tree Mo’ Tenors and Michael Peterson during the Soldier Show’s finale. (Photo by Alan Harding)

The music represented not only the many tastes of a diverse culture, but a Soldier’s pride as an individual and his/her dedication to the Army and to the nation. The performances also helped the audience celebrate The Year of the Noncommissioned Officer.

"It was an awesome show; everything was good," Budda said. "The Soldiers are great performers. The audience gave them several standing ovations during the show."

"We’re hoping to have them come back next year," she added.

The main sponsor and partner of the show is I. A.M. Strong. The corporate sponsor is AT&T. Local support was provided by Case Remanufacturing Center, Monroe County Publishers, COW97, Pizza Hut of Tomah and Burnstad’s. No federal endorsement is implied.

Soldiers interested in trying out for the 2010 Army Soldier Show tour will have until Dec. 31, 2009 to postmark their submission.

Photo: Chief Warrant Officer 2 Elaine Hudson, flanked by Staff Sgt. Nafretiffi Griffin (left) and Spc. Carlos Benefield, perform Solange’s "I Decided." (Photo by Jobi Spolum)
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Elaine Hudson, flanked by Staff Sgt. Nafretiffi Griffin (left) and Spc. Carlos Benefield, perform Solange’s "I Decided." (Photo by Jobi Spolum)

Performer or dancer applicants should include a VHS/DVD/CD audition, a records brief, a letter of release by their current commander, an entertainment resume, a three-quarters length Department of the Army photo and an OER (Officer Evaluation Report) or NCOER (Noncommissioned Officer Evaluation Report). Technician candidates should include the same items, except replacing the video audition with references and a portfolio.

The top candidates in each category will be brought to Fort Belvoir, Va., for a six-day live-audition/evaluation process.

For the most current information, visit the Web site http://www.armyentertainment.net or to be added to the audition list e-mail johnny.e.stewart@us.army.mil.

 

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