Story by MCSA Carla Ocampo
Photos by MC3 Class Benjamin Crossley & MC3 Will Tyndall

Grammy award winning alternative rock band Switchfoot visited USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and performed a concert for Sailors in the ships hangar bay yesterday.

Switchfoot had never visited a Navy vessel and they wanted to take the time to thank Sailors for their service.

During the concert Switchfoot’s lead singer John Foreman said “everyone in San Diego is proud of what you do, we’re proud of what you do and we’re honored to be here.”

The band signed autographs and interacted with Sailors on the ships mess decks after the concert.

“It’s a great privilege to have the opportunity to meet them,” said Aviation Structural Mechanic Anna Vargas. “They took time out to come see us in the middle of the ocean not knowing if we were fans; you know they didn’t do it for the fame, they did it for us.”

More than 1,000 Sailors had the chance to see the band perform after a month long underway.

“The performance was amazing,” said Aviation Structural Mechanic Equipment Airman Kaylee Struck. “It means a lot that musicians care about what we do to support our country.

“It’s a small thing for us, to play for all the heroes on this ship, it’s our way of saying ‘hey, thank you for what you do’,” said Switchfoot band member Jerome Fontamillas.

Switchfoot’s visit was a welcomed break for Sailors who have completed exercises in preparation for an upcoming deployment. The concert was brought together by Navy Entertainment and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.