“The reason I came is because I wanted to let everyone know that we haven’t forgotten about them and what they do,” added Chapman.
Chapman commented that she’ll leave Ike with a better understanding of a Sailor’s day-to-day life underway.
“It’s nice to see what the Navy does out here,” said Chapman. “Personally, I hope to gain a better understanding of what Sailors go through. This has been so rewarding because I feel so humbled.”
After seeing operations first hand, the entertainers performed for the crew in the hangar bay, perform, singing classics from country music’s most legendary artists along with the country hits of today.
Airman Jason Nance of air department, V-3 division, a North Carolina native and an avid country music fan, said he enjoyed the concert.
“I really liked it and thought it was nice of them to come out here and play for us,” said Nance.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Wayne Clark of aircraft intermediate maintenance department, IM-3 division, said the concert provided a different venue for Sailors, breaking the everyday routine for a change.
“It was great,” said Clark. “I was born and raised in the Ozark Mountains and have been to Branson and seen the Country Tonite show before. It’s a good morale booster for the crew and is a break from the norm.”