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Ludacris and DJ Vito Bring Electrifying Performances to Naval Air Station Patuxent River

May 24, 2024 | Story by Megan Trexler | Commander, Navy Installations Command

WASHINGTON --- On May 23, Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River was alive with excitement as over 5,000 people gathered for the Operation MWR concert. The free tickets, which were gone in just two days, signaled the high demand and anticipation for the event. The event was hosted by Navy MWR Entertainment, working with the NAS Patuxent River Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) team to bring the concert to the community.

DJ Vito, based in Rhode Island and a seasoned DJ with over 20 years of experience, kicked off the event with an electrifying set. Thrilled to perform for the military community at NAS Patuxent River, DJ Vito energized the crowd. "It's incredible being here, playing for the brave men and women who serve our country," he said.

The night ended with a headlining performance by Ludacris, who brought the crowd to their feet with a setlist spanning his illustrious 25-year music career. Performing hits like "Act A Fool," "Stand Up," "Money Maker," and "Get Back," Ludacris captivated the audience. Speaking about the impact of music on morale, he noted, "Music is life and life is music. Music can bring people up... it definitely boosts morale for everyone. It’s why I do this."

The diverse audience, including Sailors, Marines, their families, DoD civilians, and other MWR-eligible patrons from NAS Patuxent River and nearby military communities, contributed to the vibrant atmosphere. Captain Douglas Burfield, Commanding Officer at NAS Patuxent River, underscored the value of such events. "The mission here is ongoing, it never stops. Hosting events like these shows our appreciation for our service members and gives them a chance to relax and have fun," he said.

The concert, held just before Memorial Day weekend, marked the start of a summer filled with exciting events planned by NAS Patuxent River MWR. Interviews with Sailors prior to the show revealed their excitement. LTJG Blake Schearer shared, "Ludacris makes up probably 90% of my workout playlist. I'm excited to finally see him in person. I'm definitely going to remember tonight."

NAS Patuxent River’s Operation MWR event not only delivered an evening of outstanding entertainment but also reinforced the community's gratitude for its military members' dedication and service. As the summer unfolds, anticipation for more memorable events continues to build. YN2 Gregory Winstead, stationed at NAS Patuxent River after serving in Japan, said, "It means a lot to us to have this type of show. My buddies and I have been talking about the concert for weeks. Thanks, MWR, for putting this on."

Navy MWR's Operation MWR, presented by GOVX, will host 65+ free events at Navy installations worldwide from May to June 2024. These events aim to boost morale and resilience among service members and their families through live entertainment, recreational activities, food, games, and more. Open to active duty members, reservists, veterans, retirees, DoD civilians, and eligible MWR patrons. For more information about Operation MWR and to find your local event, please visit

Navy MWR’s mission is to deliver high-quality, customer-focused programs and services that contribute to resiliency, retention, readiness and quality of life. Navy MWR Entertainment tours make a positive impact on the morale of our troops. The program provides quality, live entertainment for Sailors stationed overseas and on deployed ships at sea. For more information about the program, visit

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