Far from home and family, working hard and fighting boredom. What can military pilots do? Some from Air Station Beaufort turned to their musical talents. WTOC listened in on the music, and the motivation.
Most of the time, Lt. Joe Seeburger, call sign "Greezy," and Lt. Tom Winkler, call sign "Duck," are making noise in the air as Navy pilots. But when you add the Air Wing's flight surgeon, Dr. Michael Newman, or "Doc," into the mix, you've got music on the ground.
But unlike most bands, Greezy Joe and the Cheap and Easy Band formed aboard the USS Roosevelt during Operation Enduring Freedom, a deployment they started just a week after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
"When we were on the cruise, that was my getaway, that's what I would do to put everything behind me," Greezy Joe recalled.
It was during that time he and the band wrote a number of songs, one being "Sail On," a song describing why our brave troops must leave their families to protect our country.
"A lot of the other guys were married and they had kids and you could see them, how difficult it was to email, write, or even call sometimes as busy as we were," Greezy Joe said. "And knowing that they were very worried about them at home...and one day it kind of hit me."
Now nearly a year after their deployment, they're releasing their first CD, dedicated to the men and women of the armed forces. It's something they only dreamed about at sea. As Lt. Tom "Duck" Winkler said, "Joe talked about it quite a bit, but I would be lying if I didn't say there were some doubts in my head."
In the midst of all this, they are preparing for another deployment, one that could come sooner than expected now that things are heated in the Middle East. But until they're called, they'll play on. "This is our way of kind of supporting the troops and the people they leave behind," said Michael "Doc" Newman.
Part of the proceeds from the CD sales will benefit the Navy Marine Corps Relief Association. The CD is available at the Parris Island Exchange and the Sam Goody's store in Beaufort, or online at greezyjoe.com.