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August 29th, 2004, 01:11 AM
From Airman (the US Air Force Magazine):


Los Angeles Entertainment Liaison Office

Did you know the Air Force also has men and women in blue serving in Hollywood? The Air Force’s Los Angeles Entertainment Liaison Office sits atop the 12th floor of the Oppenheimer Building in the heart of Hollywood.

This seven-person office directly serves the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs with a mission of defending the Air Force image in motion pictures and television, and sending military messages onto the big screen [See “Flights, Camera, Action!” June 1997].


“We project and protect [the Air Force],” said Chuck Davis, chief of the television and motion picture branch of this public affairs field office.

Since most young men and women get their impressions of the Air Force from pop culture products, Mr. Davis said, it’s important for the Air Force to have a role in motion pictures and television.

Walking into this office is like walking into a production studio. Movie posters or “one sheets” as industry people call them, adorn the walls, showcasing movies the Air Force has assisted with. For example, crossing the length of the conference room wall is the movie poster for the NBC mini-series “Asteroid,” and “Air Force One’s” poster is splashed across the opposite wall.

For Master Sgt. Paul Firman, an Air Force broadcaster for 16 years, coming to the office a year and a half ago was a different move in his career, but one he felt was very important.

“We represent the entire Air Force to the entertainment industry,” the office superintendent said. “It’s not about hobnobbing with the stars. We work with the middle man and network.”

Several movie and television scripts find their way to this office each month, but only a select few get the “green light” for Air Force cooperation. The department only assists with projects that serve public information goals and boost recruitment and retention — its main goals. This is also why the office is now getting the Air Force into more high-tech video games, bringing the service in line with what the next generation of bluesuiters is doing with its time.

First Lt. Mary Danner, deputy chief of television and motion pictures, is the newest member of the office, having arrived in March.

“This is such a unique way to tell the Air Force story. It’s much more captivating,” she said. “It’s not a glamorous job; we’re doing staff work and building relationships.”

“We have such a cool Air Force; it sells itself,” Sergeant Firman added.

So the next time you see the television series “Stargate SG-1,” the movie “The Sum of All Fears,” or watch a music video by Maria Carey or Hootie and the Blowfish, think twice about what went into putting that together. Perhaps your fellow Airmen in the Los Angeles office had a role in how our service was portrayed.

For more information, go to www.airforcehollywood.af.mil.




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