DVIDS – News – USAF Recruiting Completes Three Day Blitz in Detroit Area

HOLLY, Mich. — Air Force rock band Flight One from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, has teamed up with local Detroit recruiters and a blitz team from the Recruiting Service of the Air Force at local schools for three days filled with concerts and Air Force membership information Nov. 15-18, 2022.

The band incorporated a 45-minute Q&A with the high school jazz band into the program, played a 40-minute interactive rock concert, and even entertained an impromptu “Thriller”-style dance with a few students from the audience. .

“It gives students a chance to see what life is like as a professional musician,” said Ben Baldwin, band manager of Holly High School. “For my students, it gives them the opportunity to combine service and music. I did that when I was in the US Marine Corps band and it gives them exposure to something like that.

During time with the students of the jazz band, Tech. sergeant. Andrew Clemmons, drummer, asked about the best ways to practice timing. He responded with a demonstration on using a metronome for practice and offered tips of the trade for bringing a boring metronome to life.

The seven-member rock band that boasted an Air Force retiree on vocals rocked the 350-student high school stadium with a world-class performance that opened the door to discussions on many programs that the military has to offer interested students.

“We want to give students the opportunity to come see us and talk with us without any pressure,” Tech said. sergeant. Joe Whitt, musical director and bassist. “We love when they ask us questions about recruiting, military life and the options available to us.”

During the energetic group performance, the students were invited to the floor and led in a group dance that ended when one student outperformed the others in finishing their dance by performing the floor dance move “the worm”.

“It’s a great school and a beautiful area, but that doesn’t mean these students want to stay here after they graduate. We’re here to let them know they can go talk to a recruiter and have the authority to say ‘no’ if they find they’re not interested,” Whitt said. “[The students] may not know that just talking to someone about the military doesn’t mean they have to commit to enlisting.

As part of the concert, Airman 1st Class Christopher Arellano, guitarist, sat among the students while playing his guitar behind his back, then quickly walked to the other side of the gym to join Staff Sgt. Greg Pfluch, saxophonist, where the two had a musical battle among the audience.

Opening doors and taking the first steps to having tough conversations about life-changing decisions is what the Air Force band is designed to do. Using music as the denominator of common language helps start those difficult conversations between a curious high school student and an active duty member that might otherwise be too intimidating for the student to begin.

The primary purpose of the three-day recruiting drive was to bring information about the Aim High Flight Academy program, provide an overview of Air Force commissioning programs and the enlistment process to students from the Detroit area and surrounding areas. Using the group was just one more key to help unlock the possibilities found in the Air Force and a way to start having conversations about those options.

For more information about Aim High Flight Academy, visit www.recruiting.af.mil/about-us/AHFA.

This is the last part of a three part series.

Date taken: 17.11.2022
Date posted: 18.11.2022 13:48
Story ID: 433551
Location: HOLLY, MI, US

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