Gary Sinise, Lt. Dan Band rock Team Beale

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  • By Staff Sgt. Ramon A. Adelan
  • 9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band came and rocked Team Beale April 27, 2018, after a rehearsal show of the Air & Space Expo at Beale Air Force Base, Calif.

Since 2003, the Lt. Dan Band has entertained military personnel all over the world, in the United States and overseas. The band was named after Sinise’s role as Lt. Dan Taylor in the Academy Award winning film “Forrest Gump.”

This isn’t Sinise’s first time to Beale, as he had the opportunity in 2011 to visit and learn about the high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission here when he flew 70,000 feet up in a U-2 Dragon Lady.

“I’ve been reliving a few memories since arriving,” Sinise said. “I remember the tough training I endured and how everyone made me feel so welcomed and special. Then, I got the ride of my life on a U-2.”

Sinise said he has been awaiting the chance to return to Beale to have a concert. With the Gary Sinise Foundation and those who support it, he was able to perform for the men and women here.

“Before I launched the Gary Sinise Foundation, I worked with and supported many military charities which inspired me to do more,” Sinise said. “The next step was to create my own veteran and first responder support organization. That’s when I began the Gary Sinise Foundation.”

The Gary Sinise Foundation’s mission is to serve the nation by honoring its defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. They do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.

“After September 11th, I felt this call to service,” Sinise said. “With the continual contingencies in the world, our military has to be strong and remain resilient. If I can help them by boosting spirits and raising funds to offer services, that’s a great way I can serve my country.”