Residents can register to put their vocals to the test in the Armywide Operation Rising Star Competition.

“We have a lots of talent in the military community and soldiers families don’t always get the opportunity to share their talent because of their mission, whether it’s a deployment or just because of the nature of what they do,” said Jade Coleman, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation marketing specialist.

The individual singing competition kicks off Sept. 6 and performances will be narrowed down every Friday until a winner is announced Sept. 27.

It’s open to active-duty, Reserve, National Guard or military family members age 18 and older with a valid Defense Department ID card. The winner of the local competition will receive $500 and a chance to move on to the Armywide competition, vying for a chance to win the “ultimate recording music experience,” where they will record and mix a demo with studio professionals. The prize also includes a three-day trip to Los Angeles for the winner and a guest.

Coleman was the master of ceremonies at last year’s event and said it’s well-attended. “We had quite a few contestants. It was a stiff competition,” she said. “There’s so much talent and good variety of soldiers and civilians.”

She encourages residents to attend the event since it’s half the votes come from judges and the other half from the audience.

“It’s a great family event,” she said.

Contact Sarah Rafique at or (254) 501-7549. Follow her on Twitter at KDHreporter.

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