Combat Camera: Aboard USS Kitty Hawk; July 5, 2008
On the Home Front:
Kitty Hawk Sailors Surprise Shipmate on Nashville Star
NASHVILLE, Tenn.July 5, 2008 -- Sailors from USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) flew off the ship to travel to Nashville, to support their fellow shipmate, a Nashville Star contestant.
Machinist's Mate Fireman Tommy Stanley had no idea his shipmates were present for the show. They were kept hidden back stage until host Billy Ray Cyrus told Stanley there was a surprise for him.
Three Kitty Hawk Sailors in their dress whites, walked out onto the stage, introduced themselves to the audience and offered words of congratulations and encouragement to Stanley.
"It is awesome that we got to come to Nashville to support Stanley," said Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Kody Davis. "He is one of my best friends and to see him and how far he has come is awesome."
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Reinhardt told Stanley, along with the viewing audience, that from the first time he heard Stanley, sing he knew he was talented.
After the Sailors left the stage they were escorted to VIP seating where they watched the rest of the show. Following the show they were able to spend a little time with Stanley before they returned to Kitty Hawk.
Stanley was stationed aboard Kitty Hawk when his fellow Sailor and friend, Reinhardt, filmed his first video for Nashville Star.
"We only had two days to put the video together, but it was great to be able to help out a friend," said Reinhardt.
NBC liked Reinhardt's initial video so much that they asked him to shoot more footage so that it could be used on the first Nashville Star show, which aired June 9.
Reinhardt explained that he put together between six and seven hours of footage for NBC.
"It was surreal to have the footage I shot for a friend air on national television," said Reinhardt. "I was incredibly honored to be able to shoot the footage and to have NBC like it. It left me just speechless."
Stanley is one of the top eight contestants on the show.
Even though his shipmates aboard Kitty Hawk have not been able to watch the shows when they air, they have been tracking his success. The ship set up a special section on their Web site called, "Fireman Stanley Star Watch," to keep Stanley's shipmates informed on his progress.
(Story by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kimberly deJong, Navy Recruiting District Nashville Public Affairs.)
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