JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – It’s Mission Monday! Godfery Smith is technical director for Air Force Entertainment at the Air Force Services Center here.
He is responsible for maintaining, operating and advising Air Force Entertainment on all technical aspects for the production of concerts and variety shows offered to Air Force and Space Force facilities throughout the continental United States.
Here’s a little more about Smith and how his work contributes to the Department of the Air Force’s lethality and operational readiness:
What do you love about your job?
Working with the Air Force Entertainment team and the various staff I meet at all of the installations we support.
When it comes to your job, what motivates you?
Seeing the smiles of aviators and guards participating in one of the entertainment tours we send out.
Why are you and your team important to the Air Force Company/your customers?
I believe we are important to Air Force business because our focus is on the morale and spiritual well-being of the Airman, Guardians and their families.
Describe a project/event you and your team have been working on recently that gave you a great sense of accomplishment:
We recently successfully completed our Fall Festival concert series bringing three bands to Tyndall AFB and Patrick SFB, Florida; and Moody and Robins AFBs, Georgia. We have set up and dismantled a complete concert production from stage to sound and lights for thousands of aviators, guards and their families. This was a great sense of accomplishment for me and the Air Force Entertainment team as this was the last of 17 concert series this year.
How do you see yourself fitting into AFIMSC’s strategic priorities?
I feel like we are empowering Airmen, Guardians and families because we are allowing them to experience a stress-free time where they can not only spend time together listening to great music and dancing, but also the struggles and difficulties can come up with their jobs or situations that life will bring. It feels good to be able to bring a little happiness and joy into the lives of our awesome aviators and keepers.
Is there anything else you’d like to add that might help people understand the importance of what you do for the Air Force?
As Technical Director for Air Force Entertainment, I have the opportunity to provide our Project Managers from each facility with quality events that bring together Air Force families and personnel. I can ensure that every show we produce is fully technically supported with the highest quality audio, lighting, video and staging equipment that can be provided. I am fortunate to have this opportunity to work with Air Force Entertainment in a field I enjoy so much.