Switchfoot Rocks the Boat

Story Number: NNS110611-11Release Date: 6/11/2011 5:04:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Carla Ocampo, USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs

USS John C. Stennis, At Sea (NNS) -- Grammy Award-winning alternative rock band Switchfoot visited USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and performed a concert for Sailors in the ship's hangar bay June 9.

Switchfoot had never visited a Navy vessel and wanted to take the time to thank Sailors for their service.

During the concert, which was attended by more than 300 Sailors, Switchfoot's lead singer John Foreman said, "everyone in San Diego is proud of what you do, we're proud of what you do and we're honored to be here."

The band signed autographs and interacted with Sailors on the ship's mess decks after the concert.

"It's a great privilege to have the opportunity to meet them," said Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Anna Vargas. "They took time out to come see us in the middle of the ocean not knowing if we were fans; they didn't do it for the fame, they did it for us."

"The performance was amazing," said Aviation Structural Mechanic Equipment Airman Kaylee Struck. "It means a lot that musicians care about what we do to support our country.

Switchfoot member Jerome Fontamillas said the concert was the band's way of saying 'thank you.'

"It's a small thing for us, to play for all the heroes on this ship; it's our way of saying 'hey, thank you for what you do'," said Switchfoot band member Jerome Fontamillas.

Switchfoot's visit was a welcome break for Sailors who have completed exercises in preparation for an upcoming deployment. The concert was brought together by Navy Entertainment and Stennis' Morale, Welfare and Recreation department.

For more news from USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn74/.

Jon Foreman performs aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
110609-N-BT887-856 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 9, 2011) Jon Foreman, from the band Switchfoot, performs aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group recently completed a joint task force exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin Crossley)
June 10, 2011
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