Operation Rising Star 2013 preparations are underway

| July 25, 2013 | 0 Comments
Army Entertainment is getting set to launch the ninth season of Operation Rising Star, a military singing contest based on the American Idol format. Participating garrisons will conduct local competition, which will be contested in September and/or October.<br /> Pictured here, 12 finalists in the 2012 Operation Rising Star military singing contest pose with judges, Installation Management Command leaders Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter and Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Rice, along with former Sgt. Maj. of the Army Jack Tilley, following Operation Rising Star “Finals Week” at Fort Sam Houston Theatre, here.

Army Entertainment is getting set to launch the ninth season of Operation Rising Star, a military singing contest based on the American Idol format. Participating garrisons will conduct local competition, which will be contested in September and/or October.

Pictured here, 12 finalists in the 2012 Operation Rising Star military singing contest pose with judges, Installation Management Command leaders Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter and Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Rice, along with former Sgt. Maj. of the Army Jack Tilley, following Operation Rising Star “Finals Week” at Fort Sam Houston Theatre, here.

Story and photo by
Tim Hipps
U.S. Army Installation Management Command

SAN ANTONIO — Army Entertainment is getting set to host another season of Operation Rising Star, a singing contest for Soldiers and military family members based on the ‘American Idol’ format.

Local competitions will be contested in September and/or October.

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation participation is expected to be finalized by the installation application deadline of July 29, according to Family and MWR program officers.

“We are very excited about our ninth season,” said Tim Higdon, executive producer of Operation Rising Star. “It’s this kind of Family and MWR programming that year after year provides fun, exciting and relevant entertainment for our Soldiers and their families.”

Operation Rising Star is open to active duty military, National Guard and Reserve personnel and their 18-and-older family members. Local Operation Rising Star performers will receive $500 for first place, $250 for runner-up and $100 for third place, along with a $300 spirit award to encourage audience participation and Internet exposure of local competitions via social media and www.oprisingstar.com.

Local winners and, in some cases, second-place finishers, will have a shot at becoming a 2013 Operation Rising Star champion.

“Operation Rising Star is a unique opportunity for the talent in our Army family to be shared with a worldwide audience,” Higdon said.

Operation Rising Star bolsters morale among troops and delivers positive reinforcement to Soldiers, military civilians and family members.

“It helps maintain our strong esprit de corps, especially during these challenging times,” Higdon said.

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