DAFB airman is Air Force Entertainer of the Year

DOVER — Senior Airman Marcus Ward has danced his way to the 2017 Air Force Entertainer of the Year award.

The airman from the 436th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Dover Air Force Base earned the most votes in a U.S. Air Force online competition.

His contemporary dance moves to “Walking with the Elephants” — performed by Shakka featuring Frisco Rollin’ — were featured in the contest sponsored by the Air Force Services Activity.

“Ward is a very strong contemporary dancer who utilizes numerous variations of today’s dance. He does about six different kinds of dance in his video, something the average viewer might not recognize,” said Air Force Entertainment chief Tom Edwards.

“The video was extremely creative. He incorporated multiple styles of music and dance into a performance that would appeal to the masses rather than one particular group. His performance was well thought out and deserving of entertainer of the year and video of the year,” Edwards said.

Ward’s fellow finalists were Master Sgt. Robert Carter of the 531st Intelligence Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland and Christy Broughton, 15, daughter of Senior Master Sgt. William Broughton of the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. The competition was open to active-duty Airmen, Air National Guardsmen, Air Force Reserve members, and members of their immediate families.

Senior Airman Ward won $5,000, and he said he plans to save most of it.

“It feels great,” he said. “I’m excited to be the Air Force Entertainer of the Year.”

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