“Awesome was in the Air” as the 2012 Joint Service Open House came to a climatic close at 5 p.m. May 20 with a rock-themed soundtrack accompanying the final high-flying performance from the Navy Blue Angels.
Approximately 180,000 people came out to enjoy the three-day event filled with demonstrations, static displays of military aircraft and vehicles, food, fun and good family entertainment.
“Andrews’ Joint Service Open House is the largest open house in the Department of Defense and one of the most diverse aviation events in America,” said Col. Ken Rizer, 11th Wing/Joint Base Andrews commander and the overall host for JSOH. “This year we celebrated 100 years of Marine Corps aviation and the unique contributions Marine aviation has made to our national security.”
In honor of the “100 Years of Marine Aviation” 2012 JSOH theme, Gen. James F. Amos, U.S. Marine Corps Commandant, was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony. This included the V-22 Osprey the tilt-rotor aircraft is the newest member of the Corps’ aviation fleet.
In addition to the Blue Angels and V-22 Osprey, the U.S. Army Golden Knights, the Geico Skytypers, UH-1N Huey, F-22 Raptor and P51 Mustang performed during the three-day event.
This is the last year that JSOH will be an annual event. Department of Defense officials made the decision to do the show biennially amidst the incredibly high-ops tempo and current financial constraints facing our military.
That said, almost everyone from DoD officials to Joint Base Andrews personnel to the thousands upon thousands of people that visit Andrews during JSOH, want to be sure the tradition continues.
“Andrews’ Joint Service Open House is an American institution and a staple of the National Capital Region,” said Eric Sharman, JSOH public affairs chairman. “It was the right decision to go to a biennial show, but we’re proud the tradition will continue and the men and women of Joint Base Andrews look forward to hosting another successful open house in 2014.”