Air Force

October 26, 2012

Houser sings down house

Tags:
Staff Sgt. C.J. HATCH
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Staff Sgt. Sasha Houser, 56th Force Support Squadron installation personnel readiness assistant NCO-in-charge, performs the national anthem Sept. 12 at the 56th Fighter Wing change-of-command ceremony. Houser has sung at many events, but her favorite to perform at is retirements.

Singing the national anthem to a small crowd at a retirement ceremony is one thing but performing for 49,000 people at an Arizona Diamondbacks game is in a whole different ballpark. Still, one Luke Air Force Base Thunderbolt is eager to share her gift with both.

Staff Sgt. Sasha Houser, 56th Force Support Squadron, has loved to sing since she was a child.

“I started when I joined the church choir,” Houser said. “However, I didn’t start singing in the military until my first sergeant asked for volunteers to sing the national anthem at squadron events. I was a one-striper back then and too nervous to try out, since I knew it could lead to performing by myself in front of large groups of people.”

But, she didn’t let fear stop her, and she decided to try out for the first sergeant.

“There I was in the first sergeant’s office belting out the national anthem, and I didn’t care about my fear,” she said. “Shortly after the audition, I performed at my first event — a dining out.”

Houser continued to provide her talent at other events while stationed at McGuire AFB, N.J., but stopped for almost a year when she moved to Luke.

“When I arrived here I got out of the singing thing for a while,” she said. “But then a call came out in my squadron for volunteers, and I stepped up.”

At that point, Houser was participating in group level events. In fact, she didn’t become known until the 56th Fighter Wing Protocol Office requested people willing to sing the national anthem for the wing.

Once again she would have to audition for the opportunity, but this time it was different.

“It wasn’t just me and one other person in the audition like my first time,” she said. “There was a group of people. We were told we would be recorded, and volunteers were asked to go first. I was so nervous I wanted to get it over with, so I went first. I didn’t stay to watch the others sing because I feared I would find out I was the worst one there.”

Houser was selected as one of only a few to represent the wing not only at base events but in the local community as well.
“After I was selected, I’ve had many great opportunities to do what I love best,” she said. “I’ve sung for thousands at major league baseball games or smaller crowds at award ceremonies, but my favorite is performing at retirements. Honoring those who have served for so long makes me feel good, and it’s my way of letting them know their service and hard work are appreciated.”
Houser also performed at the 56th FW change of command.

“Sergeant Houser sang an amazing rendition of the nation anthem at the wing change of command,” said Lt. Col. Bert Cool, 56th Mission Support Group deputy commander. “And I’m not the only one who thought so. Afterward Fighter Country Partnership invited her to sing at a local NBA Hall of Fame event.”

Despite the praise and many opportunities, Houser remains humble.

“I just love sharing my gift,” she said. “And if my passion can enrich the lives of others, that’s good enough for me. People shouldn’t hide the gifts they’ve been given, even if it means getting butterflies right before being in front of thousands.”
For more information on auditioning, call protocol at (623) 856-5604.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Fighting Falcons arrive at Holloman

Courtesy photo Six F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 308th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base arrive in formation June 16 at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. The 308th FS has inactivated and the soon to be activated 314th FS assumes the 308th FS mission of training F-16 pilots as a 56th Fighter Wing...
 
 
Courtesy photo

Hecker assumes command of 19th Air Force

Courtesy photo Gen. Robin Rand, Air Education and Training Command commander, presents the unit guidon to Maj. Gen. James Hecker during the 19th Air Force assumption of command ceremony June 23 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolp...
 
 

Air Force News – June 26, 2015

Alaska Firefighters from the 673rd Civil Engineer Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson recently assisted with the Division of Forestry’s efforts in containing the Sockeye wildfire near Willow. The fire is estimated to cover more than 7,000 acres of land.   Virginia The 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games opened June 19 with about 250 athletes...
 

 

People First – June 26, 2015

EPME enrollment notifications begin The Air Force Personnel Center recently initiated a phased approach to notify approximately 83,000 Airmen of the requirement to enroll in the applicable enlisted professional military education distance learning course. AFPC will notify 20,000 Airmen at the beginning of each month until all members have been notified. In July 2014, the Air...
 
 

Air Force News – June 19, 2015

Poland In support of Baltic Operations 2015 June 5 through 20, a team of Airmen from the 1st Combat Communications Squadron deployed to Powidz Air Base, maintained communication requirements for the Air Force at the installation. Baltops is a multinational maritime exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability. Southwest Asia Since Aug. 8, coalition airpower...
 
 

People First – June 19, 2015

Selected MSgt evals close out Sept. 30 Regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve master sergeant and master sergeant-select enlisted performance reports will now close out annually on Sept. 30. In addition, as of June 3, , master sergeants and selects will no longer receive change-of-reporting-official EPRs. Enlisted Evaluation System and Weighted...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>