Leigh Jones headlines Army's I. A.M. Strong Tour
February 4, 2010
FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- Recording artist Leigh Jones returns to Fort Belvoir Monday as the headliner for the I. A.M. STRONG Tour. Jones performed on the installation last spring for a Warrior Transition Unit and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers group.
The I. A.M. STRONG Tour is a concert and comedy show is designed to raise awareness about the prevention of sexual assault and harassment among Soldiers and military family members. It travels to 24 Army installations during the next two months.
"I love to meet these men and women face to face and shake their hands and look right into their eyes and just thank them for all they have done for us," said Jones, who will be joined on the tour by hip-hop band Animate Objects, professional comedians and Soldier talent. "We are so, so lucky to have them in our lives, so to be able to do a small thing like this is a big deal," she said.
The tour began at Fort Knox, Ky., with stops scheduled Friday at Fort Lee, Va.; Saturday at Fort Eustis, Va.; and Tuesday at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. The show then will head to Army garrisons in the Southeast, Texas, Colorado and New York, followed by eight shows in Germany and Vicenza, Italy.
The Army G-1 presentation, produced by the Army Entertainment Division of the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, is dedicated to eliminating sexual assault.
The I. A.M. STRONG acronym stands for intervene, act and motivate others to stop sexual harassment, assaults and sexually offensive language, innuendo and gestures that create an environment friendly to abuse.