Tops in Blue Sergeant returns to Moody

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  • By Airman 1st Class Spencer Gallien
  • 23rd Wing public affairs
Singing, dancing and a homecoming.

This year's Tops in Blue performance marked a special occasion for one sergeant as she performed for the first time in front of her home squadron and returned to Moody for the first time since joining the tour.

Tech. Sgt. Bridgett Johnson, 71st Rescue Squadron HC-130P radio operator, returned to Moody Air Force Base Saturday to perform "Deja Blue," a compilation of various performances and acts that previous Tops in Blue tours have performed.

"I've been on tour since March 7," said Sergeant Johnson. "It's been a really great experience, we've traveled down range, through Europe and now we're on our east coast portion of our tour."

"It's great to be home though," added the sergeant. "I got to sleep in my old bed and see some old friends from the 71st RQS."

For one squadron member, Capt. Amy McQuitty, 71st RQS chief navigator, she got to see Sergeant Johnson perform for the first time.

"This was the first time I've seen her perform in such a venue; I've seen her sing at a few Change of Command ceremonies but nothing quite like this," said Captain McQuitty. "She did such an excellent job. I couldn't stop smiling throughout the entire performance."

Sergeant Johnson has a vocal lead during the opening set among the various other songs and duties she performs during the Tops in Blue performance.

Along with the actual performance, there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes that the general public is not aware of, said Sergeant Johnson.

Being a part of the Tops in Blue team entails stage assembly, hauling gear, and doing her own hair and makeup.

"These past eight months have simply been amazing," said Sergeant Johnson. "Being a part of Tops in Blue has been a goal of mine since I joined the Air Force. To finally be a part of the production has been a great honor."

Sergeant Johnson and the Tops in Blue tour will travel to Patrick AFB, Fla., next, where another group of Airmen will get to enjoy the sights and sounds of "Deja Blue."

"I'm really just thankful for the experience," said Sergeant Johnson. "I'm extremely proud to represent our Air Force and Moody.

"I'd also really like to thank my squadron (71st RQS) for allowing me this opportunity to be a part of Tops in Blue," added Sergeant Johnson.