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Sheppard Hosts Rock Fest 2018

Rock Fest

Tom Higgenson, lead singer of the American rock band Plain White T’s, performs at Sheppard’s 2018 Rock Fest at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, May 11, 2018. The finale of the hit single “Hey There Delilah was especially popular with the crowd. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Madeleine Remillard)

Rock Fest

Travis Clark and Charles Trippy, lead singer and bass player of We The Kings, perform their platinum single “Check Yes Juliet” at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, May 11, 2018. The Town Center was packed full of Airmen and Sheppard personnel enjoying the performances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Madeleine Remillard)

Rock Fest

82nd Training Wing and Army and Air Force exchange leadership including Vice Commander Col. Scott Belanger and Command Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Jackson cut the ribbon in honor of the grand opening of the Town Center and the renovations made to the AAFES Mini-Mall at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, May 11, 2018. The Town Center is one of the base’s newest outdoor facilities created to be enjoyed by Airmen and their families for years to come. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Madeleine Remillard)

Rock Fest

Members of We The Kings and their crew pose for a photo with Airmen from the 363rd Training Squadron at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, May 11, 2018. The band and crew learned about the F-22 and were even able to load it with a 200-pound missile. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Madeleine Remillard)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – The much-anticipated Rock Fest featuring Grammy-nominated band Plain White T’s with special guest band We The Kings was hosted at the Town Center at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, May 11, 2018.

The American rock bands went on short tours of the base before their performances.

We The Kings began their tour of Sheppard at Aerospace Physiology, where Staff Sgt. Dawn Edwards and Airman 1st Class Amber Boling, both aerospace physiology specialists, introduced the members of the band and the crew the spatial disorientation simulator used to help pilots adapt to the physical rigors of flying. Each member then had the chance climb into the simulator to test their flying skills through what is similar to a virtual reality.

Members of We The Kings and their crew then visited the 363rd Training Squadron to learn about the F-22, and even loaded it with a 200-pound missile.

Members of the Plain White T’s and their crew also participated in the spatial disorientation simulator followed by a demonstration by military working dogs of the 82nd Security Forces Squadron. The band and crew then “suited up” in protective gear and were charged by a dog.

To kick off the concert, 82nd Training Wing and Army-Air Force Exchange Service leadership including Vice Commander Col. Scott Belanger and Command Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Jackson cut the ribbon in honor of the grand opening of the Town Center and the renovations made to the AAFES Mini-Mall.

Following the ribbon-cutting, We The Kings opened with their platinum single “Check Yes Juliet.” The town center was packed full of Airmen and Sheppard personnel enjoyed the hour-long performance – dancing and singing along.

The Plain White T’s were also well liked by the crowd. Their finale of “Hey There Delilah” was especially popular with the Airmen.

The event was all made possible by Air Force Entertainment and 82nd Force Support Squadron as well as contributions of all mission partners.