Celebrities perform at Rucker--concert shares 'strong' message
Recording artist Leigh Jones performs for a Warrior Transition Unit and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers group at the Fort Belvoir, Va., Community Club early last year. Jones headlines the I. A.M. STRONG Tour, traveling to 24 installations, including Fort Rucker, to help raise awareness about sexual assault and harassment prevention.

FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Recording artists and comedians perform on post Friday night to entertain Soldiers and Families, and educate them about sexual assault and harassment prevention.

Jazz and rhythm and blues artist Leigh Jones headlines the I. A.M. STRONG Tour, produced by the Army Entertainment Division of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command. Featured acts also include hip hop band Animate Objects, comedian Jessi Campbell and emcee Drew Thomas, said Brian Jackson, DFMWR Recreation Delivery System program manager.

The artists perform at The Landing from 7 to 9 p.m. The open-to-the-public event is free, with entrance on a first-come, first-served basis, said Evy Bludsworth, DFMWR deputy director. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

This tour is the first of its kind to visit installations around the world, and while Bludsworth said the event is targeted toward young adults, the concert is Family-friendly.

"It will be a great time. It has a clean, positive message," she said.

I. A.M. STRONG is the Army's campaign to combat sexual assault by engaging all Soldiers in preventing assaults before they occur, Jackson said. The acronym stands for Intervene, Act and Motivate others to eliminate offensive behavior.

"The I. A.M. STRONG concert provides a stress-free environment that allows patrons to be more informed about preventing sexual harassment and sexual assault," Jackson said. "The tour personnel will highlight this theme during the concert, while BOSS (Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers) will provide a table display encouraging patrons to learn more about (I. A.M. STRONG) and BOSS."

Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase during the show, Jackson said. For more information, call him at 255-9810.

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