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"We were a tool that commanders used to entertain local…dignitaries. And impress upon them that our mission was peaceful." (Audio interview, 16:24)

   Julia Rae Schembre
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War: Persian Gulf War, 1991
Branch: Air Force
Unit: Air Force Band of the West, Air Force Heartland of America Band, 539th Band, 686th Band, PACAF Band, USAFC Band
Service Location: Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas; Yokota Air Force Base, Tokyo, Japan; Offutt Air Force Base, Bellevue, Nebraska
Rank: Master Sergeant
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Over the course of a 23 year career in the Air Force, Master Sergeant Julia Rae Schembre served in Europe, Japan and around the United States in an unusual role: as a singer in jazz, rock & roll, and country bands. Performing for American military personnel, for foreign dignitaries and local school children, and at stateside recruiting events, Schembre and her bandmates spread good will, promoted the Air Force, and brought a touch of home to American troops overseas.

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Mission to support and entertain troops overseas; putting a human face on the American military; serving as unofficial ambassadors. (03:15) Spreading good will in Europe during the Cold War; entertaining local dignitaries. (02:10) Supporting veterans; every member of the military is part of a team, every job is important. (02:37)
  
 

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