Fort Hamilton got to see some soldiers in action on May 28.
The United States Soldier Show rolled into the base with its dynamic song and dance act for service members, by service members.
“It’s always a high-paced, high-energy, patriotic, music of all genres, performers from all ranks, all walks of life,” said garrison spokesman Bruce Hill.
Hundreds of soldiers from bases around the globe try out to be part of the spectacle, but only a handful make the cut. And Fort Hamilton is one of the just 35 Army bases — out of more than 200 installations worldwide — that the show visits.
“They can only tour so many, and Fort Hamilton is among the chosen few,” said Hill.
The theme of this year’s show was “Stand Strong,” recognizing the resiliency and resolve of America’s troops. Hill noted that this year’s show featured highly coordinated, dramatic contemporary dance sequences and skits that highlighted the struggles of the soldier.
“That was something in this year’s performance I hadn’t seen before,” said Hill “It grabbed the audience’s attention just a little bit more.”
Hill said the audience responded especially strongly to a short, orchestrated sketch about a serviceman’s death and his family’s mourning, set to singer John Legend’s “All of Me.”
“It was really very touching,” said Hill. “Not only was the singing very impressive, but the acting really made it stick out, too.”