Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey appreciates the hardworking men and women of the Coast Guard so much, he thanked them … in song.
At the 8th annual Tribute to the Coast Guard on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C., Dempsey broke into a rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “My Kind of Town,” replacing the lyrics with “This is my kind of team, the Coast Guard is, my kind of team, the Coast Guard is, my kind of people too, people who always come through.”
He began the performance with a request for audience participation, stating “At some point in this song, you will pick up on the chorus and I will point to you. And you better deliver because I’m the chairman,” jokingly threatening “Don’t make me take your crest off my coin!”
This isn’t a first for Dempsey, who also performed “New York, New York” at a combat karaoke night at the Baghdad airport and “Christmas in Killarney” with the First Armored Divison’s band in Germany, according to the Washington Post.
See the full performance of “My Kind of Town” for yourself here:
Maybe Dempsey just didn’t want to be outdone by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who belted out Carley Rae Jepsen’s hit “Call Me Maybe” on CBS This Morning, Gawker reported.
Which military leader would you rather karaoke with?