The theme of this year’s show was “Stand Strong.” Performances explored the foundational elements of what it is that instills the strength and character of our Soldiers and our Army, according to Tim Higdon, U.S. Army Entertainment producer and program manager. Every year, the cast and crew exemplify the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.
This year’s Soldier Show included messages about suicide prevention, working as a team and remembering the sacrifices military members have made. Performances also displayed the change in music from the Civil War until today. “[This show] is about the love of being an American. It’s about the love of being an American Soldier,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph Caravalho, Jr., U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick commanding general after the show.
Caravalho went on to recognize the Hammett family, a Gold Star family in attendance that evening. The audience gave the family a standing ovation. Gold Star families are individuals who have received the Gold Star Lapel Button from the Department of Defense in recognition of the loss of a loved one who has lost their life in conflict or in support of certain military operations.
Army Entertainment, a division of IMCOM’s G9 Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation Programs, is “entertainment for the Soldier, by the Soldier.” The AEP has been part of the Army’s heritage since 1774 and has always incorporated the U.S. Army values and messages through performances.
For more information about Army Entertainment, visit http://www.armymwr.com/recleisure/entertainment/army_entertainment_main_page.