IL, UNITED STATES
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - Air Mobility Command teamed with Air Force Personnel Center's Entertainment Office for the first time to further enhance the AMC Icon competition for contestants and the audience.
AMC Icon, held Oct. 25 at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., showcased the talent of 10 airmen from across the command.
The AFPC Entertainment Office provides support for events such as Tops in Blue all over the world, but collaborating with AMC proved to be rewarding.
"It's natural for us to support AMC, because AMC gets us overseas, to areas where we deploy and to tough assignments like Greenland or Honduras," said Tom Edwards, AFPC Entertainment Office chief.
Despite, traveling everywhere, it's not every day that Edwards is at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., where the 618th Air and Space Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center) is located. Edwards took advantage of this occurrence to personally thank 618th TACC.
"We speak to TACC in the middle of the night or early in the morning when there is an emergency or an aircraft is having difficulties," said Edwards, who has more than 40 years of experience with Air Force Entertainment. "When we make the phone call, there's always someone there to help us."
"We don't know the faces, just their names," he continued. "This was an opportunity to say thank you for all you do for us."
The AFPC Entertainment Office and AMC also worked together to help Airmen.
"In the economy of today's Air Force, it's important for major commands to realize the importance of (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) type programs to Airmen and Icon is just one of AMC's ways of doing that," said Edwards.
"People like to be considered the best of anything, because it builds their confidence," he continued. "Icon not only builds their confidence in performing, but it builds their confidence in their job. They learn about situations and how to deal with people, so they will go back to their jobs as much better Airmen."
Having the AFPC Entertainment Office here also enhanced the Icon experience for the audience.
"This is a command performance so it has to meet the standards of a command performance," said Edwards. "We are providing all the staging and lighting that a base normally does not have which saves the Air Force money and increases the quality of the video and audio, which also leads to the contestants performing better."
Bill Udhe, AMC AFPC Services Liaison, agreed.
"We could not have replicated what the AFPC Entertainment Office did for Icon," he said. "It looks sharp and I think everyone noticed that. I also know that our performers will leave here better than when they came because of them."
Four prior Tops in Blue members volunteered to come to Scott AFB to help.
"Whenever we put the word out, we get prior members all the way from 1953 who volunteer," said Edwards.
The AFPC Entertainment Office also brought Tech. Sgt. Walter Campbell, a renowned comedian, to serve as the emcee. Additionally, a writer was brought in to write music for each performer for the band.
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