I AM STRONG tour show held at Hacienda for Soldier warriors
February 25, 2010
By Ben Paniagua
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Approximately 300 Advanced Infantry Training and Initial Entry Training Soldiers from the 32nd Medical Brigade were treated to a night of rousing, dazzling entertainment with the I AM STRONG Tour Show at the Hacienda Recreation Center Feb. 20.
The show featured up-and-coming rhythm and blues singer Leigh Jones.
Presented by the Army G-1, Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program and produced by the Army Entertainment Division of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command the show also included a variety of Soldier entertainers, a live band and backup singers.
Keisha Taylor, a back-up singer and a finalist in the fourth season of the American Idol competition, did several solos that brought the house down with her powerful voice.
Sgt. Anthony Profit, currently at the Brooke Army Medical Center and vice president of the Fort Sam Houston BOSS Program, was selected to be in the show and perform one of his spoken-word routines.
Profit recently won 2nd place Army wide for his spoken-word performance in the 2009 United States Army Festival of the Performing Arts Competition.
One of the judges from this competition spotted Profit and cast him in the show.
"The show was awesome," said Pfc. Jessica Williams of Company G, 232nd Medical Battalion. "I loved everything about it and we should have more shows like this to entertain us," she said.
In addition to performing at the Hacienda Recreation Center, Jones had a "meet and greet" at the Fort Sam Houston Main Exchange and performed at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center for the wounded warriors in the Warrior Transition Battalion at BAMC.
Fort Sam Houston was one of 23 Army installations selected to be a part of the I AM STRONG Tour.
Fifteen installations were chosen from the continental United States and eight were chosen in Europe. The tour will run through March ending in Vicenza, Italy.
"Your Soldiers were the best audience we have had on this tour," said Jones. "They were so enthusiastic and appreciative. Please let them know that I love them and everything they are doing for our country."
Pfc. Nikidrea Faltz from Company G, 232nd Medical Battalion summed it all up by saying "I had a blast! This is the most fun I have had while in the Army."