GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
Patriotic Blue is a vocal group comprised of Goodfellow members, from all branches of service, whom sing the national anthem and other patriotic pieces at ceremonies and events.
The group formed in 2009 when a few individuals auditioned to sing the national anthem at a wing change of command ceremony. Instead, the individuals came together to sing as a group, thus creating Patriotic Blue.
Although the original members are no longer stationed here, the group continues on through the dedication of new members. These singing service members dedicate themselves to the group simply because they love to sing.
"The people in Patriotic Blue are what make it," stated 2nd Lt. Chad T. Slayton, 17th Training Wing Assistant Air Reserve Component liaison and Patriotic Blue member. "No one is there because they kind of like to sing; they're there because they love to sing and want to put on a good performance. It's not a chore at all, we have fun doing it!"
When it comes to performing for Patriotic Blue, Slayton isn't the only one who feels excitement.
"We get to represent our service in the community and be a key part of significant events in people's lives," said Capt. Eric T. Jeannot, 315th Training Squadron instructor and Patriotic Blue member. "I've gotten to sing at graduations, promotions, retirements, award ceremonies, the rodeo and a Veterans Day ceremony, and each time it's a thrill."
For some, the events in the community were the most enjoyable.
"One of my favorite performances was our rodeo performance," said Capt. Heather M. Brooks, 17th Medical Operations Squadron general dentist and Patriotic Blue member. "It was neat getting to represent the base to the community and we were very well received."
Whether it's providing a service for Goodfellow or the community, Patriotic Blue's devotion is certainly not overlooked.
"I feel Patriotic Blue is a terrific opportunity for men and women to give back to Goodfellow by sharing their talent," said Master Sgt. Christopher J. Norci, 17th Force Support Squadron first sergeant. "I personally think they add to the dignity, honor and class to the myriad of 17th Training Wing official functions they participate in."
Any military member assigned to Goodfellow, regardless of branch or status, may become a member of Patriotic Blue. Students, contractors and civilians are welcome as well.
For anyone interested in joining, Patriotic Blue practices every Tuesday at the Taylor Chapel here from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
To become a full member of Patriotic Blue, members simply show up to the practices and whenever they feel comfortable, audition by singing the national anthem.
For more information about becoming a member, e-mail Patriotic Blue at PatrioticBlue@us.af.mil