AF bands join Grammy-winning artists for 'Holiday Notes from Home'

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The Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve and Air Force Strings recently joined Grammy-winning vocalist Lee Ann Womack and the Grammy-nominated band Little Big Town in the "Holiday Notes from Home" concert.

The hour-long special will air on the Great American Country Channel beginning Dec. 10 at 8:30 p.m. and various other times and dates up to Christmas Day. The program will also be shown on American Forces Network on Dec. 25 on Prime Pacific, Prime Freedom and Prime Atlantic.

Viewers can check the AFN schedule at for exact show times. Viewers can also check their local listings for other show times on the GACC.

Womack and Little Big Town performed many holiday favorites with accompaniment by 60 Air Force musicians from the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, from Robins Air Force Base, and the Air Force Strings, from Washington, D.C.

"This concert is for all of our troops who are continually deployed overseas, all of their families who are left behind, and for the employers who make such a big difference in those families lives," said Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr., the commander of Air Force Reserve Command and chief of the Air Force Reserve. "If we can give just a little back to all those groups of people, I want to do this each year."

Grammy-winning vocalist Nan Kelly and recording artist Clay Walker will co-host this year's program, pre-recorded Oct. 6 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn.

"It's about family, faith and love, and we just wanted to bring that to our troops all over the world," Kelly said. "It's my privilege to do this and be a small part of the everyday person to say thank you for what you do."

"Holiday Notes from Home" began 15 years ago as a radio show and has expanded in recent years with a larger live audience and television airings.