Forty veterans have been singled out for how they helped shape the Air Force, including three retired generals, one former Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, and one former Staff Sergeant, Patrice “Rock” Grant.
Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Grant is a producer for the American Forces Network (AFN) Broadcast Center, located in Riverside, California. He produces television promotions and original content for the U.S. military, DoD civilians and their families serving overseas. He has a humble way of interacting with Hollywood’s elite and getting them to open up. Ethan Hawke talked about his Green Beret brother. Julianne Moore told the story of life as a military kid in Germany. Halle Berry reminisced about when she met military personnel overseas. In 2014, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were walking down the red carpet at the Oscars when they saw the AFN team and waited for them to finish an interview with Matthew McConaughey so they could send a message of support to the military serving overseas. Before joining AFN in 2009, Grant was a producer-director for Air University Television at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Before that, he served in the Air Force as a combat cameraman at Travis Air Force Base, California and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He’s also a graduate of the prestigious Military Visual Journalist Program at Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y., and received his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in Television, Radio & Film Productions.
The Air Force is honoring Grant and 39 other Air Force Veterans by displaying their portraits in the Pentagon, and featuring them in “Veterans in Blue,” an online collection showcasing the men and women who have contributed to the Air Force. Grant shrugs and glances down when you ask him his feelings on joining the ranks of such a select, distinctive group.
“I just love working for AFN because it gives me the chance to give to my brothers and sisters who are away from home an opportunity to relax and watch television,” said Grant.
Knowing what it’s like to serve and never forgetting his comrades helps him connect with his military audience. Certainly that’s at least part of the reason why Rock Grant’s portrait now hangs in the Pentagon.
Patrice Grant is a 1990 graduate of Alfred Ely Beach High School and the son of Janet Grant.