Musicians bring holiday greetings

Operation Season’s Greetings makes a stop at Ramstein as pop musicians Blues Traveler and the New England Patriots Cheerleaders combine with the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve and the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band to provide extra holiday cheer to KMC troops and their family members 7 p.m. Dec.10 in Hangar 1.

“This is going to be a great show for our Airmen and their families,” said Gen. Robert H. “Doc” Foglesong, U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander. “These band tours are a great morale booster for our people. It’s great to be able to give them a taste of home, especially at this time of year.”

Blues Traveler broke into the international spotlight with the Grammy-winning single, “Run Around.” According to their Web site, this band holds the record for the longest charting single ever on the Billboard Music chart.

Blues Traveler’s connection with their huge grassroots fan base has made them one of the most consistently successful bands of the past 15 years.

Performing as the opening act for Blues Traveler, the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve and the USAFE Band will play well-known rock-and-roll, rap and contemporary favorites.

“The Operation Season’s Greetings tour is exactly what the chief of staff of the Air Force prioritizes for Air Force bands,” said Dave Ballengee, Air Force Reserve Band deputy director. “We’re going to deployed locations for the morale of the troops and their families.”

The evening’s master of ceremony will be Georgia television personality Mary Therese, and to help warm up the crowd, the 2003 world champion New England Patriots are sending four members of their squad to accompany the tour.

“I volunteered to visit the troops because I welcome the opportunity to give something back to the men and women who devote their lives to protect our country,” said Amber van Eeghen, a cheerleader from Cranston, R.I. “I am looking forward to meeting them, seeing where they work and learning about their responsibilities and experiences.”

“It’s really an eye-opener to meet and greet the troops and see what they do,” said cheerleader Alison Preston from Bedford, N.H. “I hope our show will remind them of home so they know how much we and everyone back home cares.”

The free show is open to all U.S. and NATO ID card holders. Doors open at 6 p.m. and special seating is available for spouses of deployed military members.

Coolers or video cameras are not allowed in the hangar. In addition to the concerts, Blues Traveler, Mary Therese and the Patriot Cheerleaders will be touring KMC bases prior to the show and signing autographs afterward.
(Courtesy of 435th Services Squadron)