Colbie Caillat serenades Sasebo Sailors
SASEBO, Japan – American pop singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat performed a free concert for Sailors and their families at Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo (CFAS).
Sponsored by Armed Forces Entertainment and the base’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR), the 75-minute concert featured popular hits including “Bubbly” and “Try”.
“I haven’t been to Japan for four or five years since my first and second records came out, and I really wanted to come back,” said Caillat, “I hear how appreciative everyone is at these kinds of shows, and I’m happy that I was available and that I could come out before the holidays.”
Prior to the concert, Caillat took the time to conduct an interview with the base’s American Forces Network (AFN), which was broadcasted on their local radio station, and meet some of her fans from CFAS for a photo shoot.
“This was a great way to provide the community with a break from all our hard work, and the best part was that it was free,” said Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Joshua McKinney. “My favorite part was definitely getting my guitar signed. MWR did a great job setting this up, and as a fellow musician this was a great experience for me.”
The concert was attended by an estimated 1,200 people and was part of a four-stop tour of military installations across Japan, including stops in Yokota Air Base, Camp Courtney and Kadena Air Base.
“We were really lucky to have Caillat stop by for the free concert,” said Allison Foo, the base’s MWR marketing director. “This is our way of saying thank you to the Sailors for everything they do and it feels rewarding to bring them the happiness of feeling a little more at home during the holidays.”
CFAS MWR’s primary goal is to offer the community recreational and social programs that support mission readiness, encourage camaraderie, combat boredom, and enhance life experience in Japan.