USAF Band to “Blog" During Inaugural Preparations and Parade|
by MSgt Brian McCurdy
12/29/2008 - Bolling AFB, Washington, DC -- If you can't make the trip to Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration in January, don't distress. This year, Band members Technical Sgt. Jay Heltzer and Master Sgt. Brian McCurdy will publish a blog describing their experiences as they participate in this historic event. Their posts will cover The United States Air Force Band, beginning with its preparations in early January, through Inauguration Day on January 20th.
"We hope to give readers an inside view of everything we're doing; from what it takes for the Band to field its 99-piece formation, to what it's like to perform at an Inaugural ball," said Heltzer."
Heltzer's and McCurdy's blogs will be offered at the Air Force's official blog site, www.airforcelive.blogspot.com. There will also be a link on our website at www.usafband.af.mil.
This will be the first year of such an undertaking for the USAF Band. Chief Master Sgt. David Nokes, the Band's Chief of Strategic Communication, formulated the idea with Captain Dave Faggard, Chief of Emerging Technology at the Air Force Public Affairs Agency.
Chief Nokes spoke of the concept, saying, "The Air Force Public Affairs Agency is using new media with great success to tell the Air Force story. The Band's Inaugural support mission provides the perfect opportunity for us to partner with them to showcase our members as they take part in an event that will be watched around the world."
For those who may not know, a blog is simply a webpage where writers can post commentary or news on a particular subject and readers can leave their comments and start a conversation. "We hope to hear from readers who enjoy the Air Force Band and are interested in what we're doing," said Chief Nokes.
Be sure to visit the Air Force blog at www.airforcelive.blogspot.com throughout January to receive the most current news about the Air Force, including the Band's Inaugural preparations. Then, on January 20th, you can enjoy the Inaugural parade from our inside perspective without having to deal with travel, the weather, long lines or the crowds. See you online!