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Fort Hood’s Operation Rising Star winner picked Sgt. Juana Nesbitt

The Operation Rising Star 2013 finalists pose for a picture following the competition Sept. 27, at the Phantom Warrior Center. The finalists continuously supported each other along the way. Sgt. Juana Nesbitt, 13th PAD

FORT HOOD, Texas - Members of the Fort Hood community filled the Phantom Warrior Center Friday to see the culmination of Operation Rising Star.

“Operation Rising Star is a competition in which soldiers and community members are able to showcase their hidden talents,” said Luis Rios, Installation Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers adviser.

Dave Bell, U.S. Army retiree, said his love of music started long ago.

“I’ve been singing ever since I could remember,” Bell said. “I come from a very musical family, and watching my older brother singing always inspired me.

Bell said that while he was in the Army, he participated in several soldier shows, but didn’t find out about Operation Rising Star until it came time for him to retire.

Curious as to how far he could go, Bell entered the Operation Rising Star competition.

Although the competition started out with 28 contestants, 10 finalists remained and only one would move on to the national level.

The show began, the crowd cheered for its favorite, and organizations within the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation worked to make sure the turnout was a success, Rios said.

In the end, after all had done their best, Bell was the victor, and expressed his gratitude toward those around him.

“I feel good,” Bell said. “If it wasn’t for my support system, my wife, my daughter, and all the people that came out to support me, they believe that I can do it and keep me grounded.”

“At this point, we will make a DVD style performance along with some a cappella rounds and submit it to the Department of the Army/Army Entertainment,” Rios said.

With all the excitement, Bell feels confident in what lies ahead.

“I’m ready,” Bell said. “I’ve been ready for a while. This is my passion, my dream. This is what I live for.”

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Date Taken:09.27.2013

Date Posted:10.16.2013 14:47

Location:FORT HOOD, TX, USGlobe

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