The 2010 U.S. Army Soldier Show is sponsored by The 2010 U.S. Army Soldier Show is sponsored by two premier sponsors: the U.S. Army G-1’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention program and the U.S. Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program.
The modern version of the U.S. Army Soldier Show originated in 1983 as an outgrowth of several shows existing in various Army commands, with Soldier talent selected from worldwide competition. The motto, mission and philosophy of the show – “Entertainment for the Soldier, by the Soldier” – were established during World War I by Sgt. Israel Beilin, a Russian immigrant better known as Irving Berlin. He conceived and directed the first Army Soldier Show, “Yip Yip Yaphank,” which appeared on Broadway in 1918.
The headquarters of the U.S. Army Entertainment Division at Fort Belvoir, home of the U.S. Army Soldier Show, was dedicated to Berlin and named the Irving Berlin Center on Oct. 30, 2002.
The U.S. Army Soldier Show was reinvented during World War II on Broadway under the title “This is the Army,” which was written, directed and produced by Berlin. The cast and crew were members of U.S Army Special Services Company No. 1. The 1943 film version featured a military cast starring Ronald Reagan, Gene Kelly and Joe Lewis.