Planning a concert for 4,000

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  • By Airman Daniel Brosam
  • 341st Missile Wing Public Affairs
Attending a concert on base and enjoying the festivities is the product of the working men and women of the 341st Force Support Squadron, volunteers and other helping agencies on base.

Over the years, numerous bands have visited Malmstrom, from jazz ensembles to the Air Force's Tops in Blue, but the time it takes to prepare a large event can take more than three months to make it a successful event.

The person in charge of making sure everything goes smooth is Eric "Ric" Hamilton, 341st FSS deputy. He oversees the entire production from start to finish.

"The concert is set up by the Air Force Services Agency," said Hamilton. "They come to us and tell us our responsibilities and my job is to mesh the responsibilities and get everything here to happen as it should."

Currently, the physical set-up is done by individuals across base who volunteer to be a part of the production but other agencies on base must be involved to full execute the event.

According to Hamilton, there are a lot of parts and moving pieces because everyone from security forces, civil engineer, protocol to fire and safety must play a role.

Recently, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band visited and performed on base which turned out to be a success because of the coordination between all agencies.

Hamilton said sometimes things do not always go as planned, but his job is to adapt and overcome to find a fix for any issue.

"Essentially, we want to make everything right," said Hamilton. "If we can't, we have to modify and let (the other agencies) know what's going on."

Hamilton said holding a base social event and pleasing every individual can sometimes be a challenge but the most rewarding part about his job is being able to see people of all ages enjoying the fun and appreciating the hard work.

"What makes me feel good is knowing I'm putting on something the 19-year-olds will like as well as the 90-year-olds," said Hamilton. "Knowing that there are people who appreciate it is what feels good."