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Tops in Blue fly by Columbus

Airman 1st Class Jesse Cox sings to Airman 1st Class Danielle Hill, 14th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs, during the Tops in Blue performance Monday night. The performers sang and  danced with members of the audience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

Airman 1st Class Jesse Cox sings to Airman 1st Class Danielle Hill, 14th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs, during the Tops in Blue performance Monday night. The performers sang and danced with members of the audience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

The expeditionary entertainers known as the Tops in Blue sing to Daijah Kelley, daughter of Tech. Sgts. David and Jennifer Kelley, during their performance Monday night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

The expeditionary entertainers known as the Tops in Blue sing to Daijah Kelley, daughter of Tech. Sgts. David and Jennifer Kelley, during their performance Monday night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

Senior Airman April Vollm and Tech. Sgt. Keith Martin, 43rd Flying Training Squadron, sing a duet during the Tops in Blue performance Monday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

Senior Airman April Vollm and Tech. Sgt. Keith Martin, 43rd Flying Training Squadron, sing a duet during the Tops in Blue performance Monday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

The Tops in Blue band performs for a packed crowd Monday night at the Rent Auditorium on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

The Tops in Blue band performs for a packed crowd Monday night at the Rent Auditorium on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

Captain Alexander Ruiz plays the violin and Staff Sgt. Mark Schmidt plays the bass guitar during the Tops in Blue performance Monday night at the Rent Auditorium.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle Hill)

Captain Alexander Ruiz plays the violin and Staff Sgt. Mark Schmidt plays the bass guitar during the Tops in Blue performance Monday night at the Rent Auditorium.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle Hill)

The Tops in Blue performers sing one last song during their performance Monday night. The Tops in Blue performed for the BLAZE Team and the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

The Tops in Blue performers sing one last song during their performance Monday night. The Tops in Blue performed for the BLAZE Team and the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

Technical Sgt. Keith Martin, an information manager assigned to the 43rd Flying Training Squadron, is one of nine vocalists to this talented group of expeditionary entertainers.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle Hill)

Technical Sgt. Keith Martin, an information manager assigned to the 43rd Flying Training Squadron, is one of nine vocalists to this talented group of expeditionary entertainers.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle Hill)

COLUMBUS AFB, Miss. -- Lights, camera and 60 years of Air Force history! 

The 2007 Tops in Blue flew into Columbus, Miss., Monday night to wow the packed Mississippi University for Women's Rent Auditorium with some live entertainment. 

The Tops in Blue is an all active duty AF special unit made up of talented amateur performers selected for their entertainment abilities. They are assigned to this unit for a year, where they travel the globe singing, dancing and performing. They are put through a 60-day training period, where they master their skills as vocalists, instrumentalists and performers. 

As the audience sat quietly for the next performance to begin, they were treated to a brief history of the Air Force over its 60 years as an independent service. With the voice of four-time Emmy award winning actor Craig Nelson leading the way, each 60 years were broken down into decades to better exemplify the temperament of the time period. The audience learned of military encounters and lifestyle changes of that current decade. The performers then gave a performance that could take anyone back to that time. With a tremendous amount of crowd participation, the performers danced, serenaded and actively recognized the audience. 

The Tops in Blue performance was extra special this year, as one of Columbus' own was a member of the team. Tech. Sgt. Keith Martin, an information manager assigned to the 43rd Flying Training Squadron, is one of nine vocalists to this talented group of expeditionary entertainers. 

In an earlier interview Sergeant Martin said when he learned of his selection to join the team he was shocked. "When I found out, I didn't know what to do, pass out, run, scream or shout," he said. 

With a great amount of talent, the Tops in Blue put on another wonderful performance. Their year-long tour will end at the end of February and the 2008 Tops in Blue team will then begin their journey as expeditionary entertainers. For more information on the Tops in Blue, visit www.topsinblue.com or call the Air Force Entertainment at (210) 652-6566.