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Air Force rock band releases music video

They say the military has more musicians than the State Department has diplomats. Well, not all military musicians play old American classics – one group even has a new rock video out this week. "I am an American airman. I am a warrior. I have answered my nation’s call," a deep voice narrates toward the ...

They say the military has more musicians than the State Department has diplomats. Well, not all military musicians play old American classics - one group even has a new rock video out this week.

"I am an American airman. I am a warrior. I have answered my nation's call," a deep voice narrates toward the end of the video "Send Me," produced and performed by the bank Max Impact, made up of Air Force non-commissioned officers. "I will never leave an airman behind. I will never falter. And I will not fail."

The video integrates footage from the Air Force's "premier rock band" Max Impact and their travels with members of the Air Force Special Operations Command.

They say the military has more musicians than the State Department has diplomats. Well, not all military musicians play old American classics – one group even has a new rock video out this week.

"I am an American airman. I am a warrior. I have answered my nation’s call," a deep voice narrates toward the end of the video "Send Me," produced and performed by the bank Max Impact, made up of Air Force non-commissioned officers. "I will never leave an airman behind. I will never falter. And I will not fail."

The video integrates footage from the Air Force’s "premier rock band" Max Impact and their travels with members of the Air Force Special Operations Command.

"’Send Me’ began as a request from within the special tactics community when an AFSOC airman saw one of Max Impact’s high-energy performances," the Air Force said in a press release about the video. "Drawing inspiration from the Special Tactics motto ‘First there … that others may live,’ the exciting original song and video tell the story of these highly-trained Air Force professionals and highlights their commitment and sacrifices.

Major Sergeant Shani Prewitt, the Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC) of Max Impact, talked about the year-long effort to make the "Send Me" music video with the special operations forces in a promotional video also on YouTube.

"It means a lot that we can have our music, follow them wherever they go, and support their mission and tell their story and what they do," she said.

The song was written by Master Sergeant Matt Ascione and Master Seargeant Ryan Carson.

"I want this song to pump you up. I want this song to encourage you. I want this song to give you energy to get you through your workday," Carson said. "So get excited, YEAH!"

Josh Rogin covers national security and foreign policy and writes the daily Web column The Cable. His column appears bi-weekly in the print edition of The Washington Post. He can be reached for comments or tips at josh.rogin@foreignpolicy.com.

Previously, Josh covered defense and foreign policy as a staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, writing extensively on Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, U.S.-Asia relations, defense budgeting and appropriations, and the defense lobbying and contracting industries. Prior to that, he covered military modernization, cyber warfare, space, and missile defense for Federal Computer Week Magazine. He has also served as Pentagon Staff Reporter for the Asahi Shimbun, Japan's leading daily newspaper, in its Washington, D.C., bureau, where he reported on U.S.-Japan relations, Chinese military modernization, the North Korean nuclear crisis, and more.

A graduate of George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, Josh lived in Yokohama, Japan, and studied at Tokyo's Sophia University. He speaks conversational Japanese and has reported from the region. He has also worked at the House International Relations Committee, the Embassy of Japan, and the Brookings Institution.

Josh's reporting has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, CBS, ABC, NPR, WTOP, and several other outlets. He was a 2008-2009 National Press Foundation's Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow, 2009 military reporting fellow with the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and the 2011 recipient of the InterAction Award for Excellence in International Reporting. He hails from Philadelphia and lives in Washington, D.C. Twitter: @joshrogin

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