Tops In Blue entertains Ramstein

Story and photos by Senior Airman Aaron-Forrest Wainwright
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The oldest entertainment group in the U.S. Air Force, Tops In Blue, performed for the KMC Oct. 20 in the dual-bay hangar on Ramstein. 

The theme for this year’s tour is “Listen,” featuring the rhythms of the Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind and Fire, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson, among other patriotic classics that honor the nation’s heroes.

The group’s primary mission is to entertain military personnel and their families around the world through song, dance and a variety of musical performances.

“Our job is to go out and increase morale for Airmen stationed around the world,” said Master Sgt. Matt Lemieux, Tops In Blue vocalist. “In turn, they get their jobs done, therefore keeping the mission going.”

This year, Tops In Blue will travel through the U.S. and to more than 20 countries, with 130 performances.

The team is composed of 35 Airmen from different career fields from all over the Air Force; they compete in a multilevel competition in order to be selected to go on a one year permissive temporary duty to the home of Tops In Blue at Joint Base San Antonio.

“We are all together 24/7 so we are like a family,” Lemieux said. “Of course we have our disagreements, but we work things out and ultimately we are going to miss each other when it is all over.” 

After the two hour performance, the audience gave a standing ovation and together sang the Air Force song.

Tops In Blue has already hit the road and are on their way to Thule Air Base, Greenland, and will continue to build morale and provide entertainment for the entire Air Force family.

Ramstein was the eighth base of more than 40 other bases that will be

given the opportunity to see Tops In Blue perform.

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