John Legend entertains troops in Florida

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.
  • 919th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
Military and family members were treated to some "smooth grooves" Nov. 13 when R & B singer, John Legend, performed a free concert here.

The concert was part of the "Stateside Tour for The Troops" program hosted by the Air Force Reserve. Attendees from Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, and Duke Field, Fla., and their families received tickets to "An Evening with John Legend."

Mr. Legend thanked the veterans for their service before performing a solo acoustic set. He played many of his hits accompanied only by his piano. At one point, he "enlisted" the audience to help him sing the chorus to one of his songs.

"Most people are never able to experience a concert like this with such an intimate setting," said Senior Master Sgt. Russell Foresee, a senior recruiter with the 919th Special Operations Wing. "This is a rare opportunity and we're glad we could provide it."

The crowd packed into the front of the 1,650 seat auditorium and into the balcony. The laid-back atmosphere and focus on the show suited the venue where plays are typically performed.

"It was such a great performance," said Staff Sgt. Don Federonis, of the 46th Maintenance Group at Eglin AFB. "And (it's) a wonderful thing he's doing for us."

Tour for the Troops is tied to the Reserve's Get One Now program, where reservists who refer a friend to the Air Force Reserve through Get One Now can receive free tickets to concerts and events, with VIP exclusives, like backstage photos or a meet and greet with the stars.

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