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The band First Decree entertains a group of service members and families at the 2015 Rocktoberfest at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Oct. 16, 2015. The festival featured the rock bands: Switchfoot, Devour the Day and First Decree. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Nicholas P. Baird/ Released)

Photo by Pfc. Nicholas P. Baird

Cherry Point Marines, Sailors let loose, rock out at Rocktoberfest

21 Oct 2015 | Pfc. Nicholas P. Baird 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing

The sound of rock music playing echoed around the air station as the flash of colored lights and the smell of hamburgers and hot dogs searing on the grill lured Marines, Sailors and families to the 2015 Rocktoberfest at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Oct. 16.

The annual festival gave the service members and their families the chance to enjoy live entertainment from a local DJ and a concert featuring the bands: Switchfoot, Devour the Day and First Decree. The event was hosted by Marine Corps Community Services as a way to build relationships and recognize the service members for their constant hard work and dedication.

Events like this can give the Marines, Sailors and families a chance to have a little fun, said Dane Lopez-Smith, the guitar player for the band First Decree.

 “We have the utmost respect for any branch of the military and everything that they do,” said Lopez-Smith. “It is a really humbling experience for us to play here for service members.”

 Patrons from the air station attended the event to listen to the live music and build camaraderie between service members and families.

Events like this are good for boosting morale and meeting new people, said HN David Ostenson, a hospital corpsman with staff and education training at the Naval Health Clinic. They give service members the chance to meet people they wouldn’t necessarily have met otherwise.

“I would encourage service members to attend more events like this because it is a great experience,” said Ostenson. “We appreciate everything the bands and organizations do. They are the ones who put on the show and without them, this event wouldn’t happen.”

“Thank you for having us here,” said Lopez-Smith. “It was the first time we have ever done anything like this, and we hope it is not our last.”
2nd Marine Aircraft Wing