• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
2m 6s

Tops in Blue performer comes home to JBER

By Bonney Bowman 6:09 PM August 11, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

Tops in Blue is an Air Force variety show. The performers are all active-duty airmen and they get to travel all over the world.

For one of them, taking the stage at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is just like coming home.

Airman 1st Class Alexander Ross went from singing anthems on base to touring the world.

“I kind of grew up with my family as performers, so learning how to be a performer is a great experience and being able to serve my country at the same time, it’s just been an amazing experience,” Ross said.

The stage is a big change for the fuels specialist, who said being a part of the performance team is no easy assignment.

“It was almost like a second basic training. They had us working 18, 19 hours a day,” Ross said. “We had to learn how to set up an entire stage. We had to learn all of our choreography and songs and it was hard.”

Tops in Blue performers use their talent to raise morale all over the globe.

“You can’t help but be excited about it, about the places that we get to go and the people we get to meet and just the impact that we can have on our airmen and the community and their families all over the world,” said 1st Lt. Amanda Bills. “Every time at that patriotic set at the end and you see everyone standing up all over the world, it doesn’t matter where we are. It creates such a sense of unity.”

The team doesn’t just perform on stage. Getting out in the community is what makes the mission meaningful for him, Ross said.

“Every area that we visit we try to do a ‘give back,’ so whether that’s going to a local veteran’s hospital, or going to a retirement home or an elementary school and singing for the people there — that probably brings me the most joy,” Ross said.

As a member of the 673rd Logistical Readiness Squadron, Ross says landing on the flight line at JBER was like coming back to work.

“I felt like I had to throw on my uniform and go over to the fuel truck and just start pumping,” he said.

He says members of his unit are coming to the show, supporting him and welcoming him home.

Ross’s tour with Tops in Blue wraps up in January. He’ll then come back to JBER to resume his duties with the 673rd, fueling planes on the flight line.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Hansen victim one step closer to being identified

    by Shannon Kemp on Apr 17, 22:53

    The DNA  of an unidentified victim of deceased serial killer Robert Hansen is now available for comparison with potential family members. Hansen led authorities to the body of a young woman at Horseshoe Lake in Palmer on April 25, 1984. Known as Jane Doe #3, or “Horseshoe Harriet”, she was buried at Anchorage Memorial Cemetery until […]

  • Weather

    Evening News Weather, April 17

    by KTVA Weather on Apr 17, 22:43

    Kenai Peninsula/Prince William Sound Increasing clouds with chance of showers on the Kenai with the heaviest and most steady rain on the eastern side of the peninsula and Prince William Sound. Snow levels are rather high. Southeast Rain showers will increase in the area overnight as some strong warm front push into the area. The […]

  • News

    Spenard Farmer’s Market set to reopen May 16

    by Dave Leval on Apr 17, 22:22

    The Spenard Farmer’s Market will open for business in May in the Chilkoot Charlie’s parking lot, in the same spot where it started five years ago. The new board of directors made the announcement Friday. The previous board canceled the event in February after members said they got burned out from it. Dozens of volunteers […]

  • News

    Alaska March unemployment rate stands at 6.5 percent

    by Associated Press on Apr 17, 20:54

    Alaska labor officials say the state’s unemployment rate in March was 6.5 percent, a slight increase over February’s rate of 6.3 percent. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development says the latest seasonally adjusted rate compares with the national rate of 5.5 percent. Last year, Alaska’s seasonably adjusted rate for March was 6.9 percent. […]

  • News

    Historic Motherlode Lodge left to burn in Hatcher Pass, considered suspicious

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 17, 20:31

    The Motherlode lodge in Hatcher Pass was left to burn after catching fire Friday evening. Firefighters were on scene at the fire, but were only there to direct traffic away for public safety. Norm McDonald with the Alaska Division of Forestry says the building was outside any fire service area. McDonald said “it’s lucky” there […]

  • News

    Legislature unanimously passes bill granting volunteer firefighters liability protections

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 17, 18:25

    Both the Senate and House have unanimously passed a bill protecting volunteer and university firefighters from civil liability. Employees of municipal fire departments are already protected under state law, but Sen. John Coghill says Senate Bill 43 could help others. “Liability protections should not be exclusive to employees of fire departments operated by municipalities and […]

  • News

    20 years later, wounds remain from Oklahoma City bombing

    by CBS News on Apr 17, 18:20

    Timothy McVeigh was executed for bombing the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City 20 years ago this weekend. 168 people, including 19 children, were killed. It was the deadliest act of homegrown terror in U.S. history. Nearly 700 were hurt. Some suffered the kinds of wounds that never heal. The scenes from April […]

  • Politics

    Governor Walker vetoes House Bill 132

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 17, 16:47

    Gov. Bill Walker has vetoed a bill constricting the authority of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation in developing a gas line separate from the Alaska Liquified Natural Gas line. Walker had announced his plans to veto House Bill 132 if it reached his desk in a letter to lawmakers April 10, saying it ”significantly reduces Alaska’s […]