Fort McCoy News May 23, 2014

Soldier Show performance delights hundreds

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Hundreds of people filled the Rumpel Fitness Center May 17 to catch the 2014 edition of the U.S. Army Soldier Show. The 19 cast and two crew members treated show-goers to a variety of solo and ensemble music and dance numbers.

The show paid tribute to the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key's writing of "The Defence of Fort M'Henry," the poem that became the national anthem, by weaving the music and related imagery into a 90-minute production.
The overarching message was one of strength and resiliency.

From that poem scratched by a prisoner on the back of an envelope during the War of 1812 to troops "smart phoning" home from Baghdad, the 2014 Soldier Show told the enduring story of how Soldiers and their Families "Stand Strong."

The show weaved physical readiness training, the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program, sponsorship, ceremonial drill, and even the loss of a Soldier and suicide prevention into the production.

"We're very fortunate to have a great show like this to come to Fort McCoy," said Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Marketing director Jobi Spolum.

"This year's show was another excellent example of the talented people we have in the Army who can translate the service's history and way of life through song and dance."

The performance at Fort McCoy was the seventh of 59 scheduled for the Soldier Show in 2014. This was the 22nd year the show performed at Fort McCoy.


The 2014 U.S. Army Soldier Show was a treat for the eyes and ears of all attending. These photos offer just a glimpse of the afternoon's entertainment and audience reaction.

Photos by Jobi Spolum


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