BARKSDALE AFB, LA (KSLA) - When you think of the opera you don't typically think of the Air Force, however there is a airman with the 307th Bomb Wing on Barksdale Air Force Base who combines both worlds with one powerful voice.
His name is Tim Pastore, his call sign is 'Pipes,' and it's obvious why.
Pastore joined the Air Force in 1985 and worked on the A-10s before stepping away from the military and doing what he calls soul searching.
"I love being an air reserve technician. I came back into the service after my stint you know doing other stuff and being an opera singer and what not. I had an offer on the table in New York, to go there do some good stuff and last minute I decided no that's not what I want to do."
While Pastore loves performing, it's the camaraderie and impact on the overall mission that draws him into his military career.
"You're part of a team. I feel like I'm actually doing something important whereas singing and performing and all that as fun as it is, in the end I feel more empty from it, so this, this is, (laughs) I may not be rich doing it but I really enjoy it."
'Pipes' gets the best of both worlds. He works on the iconic B-52s and lends his voice at ceremonies and events both on and off base.
Throughout the years he's performed for some of the Air Force's top leaders.
"From a four-star general, all the way down to Airman Basic, I don't think I've missed a single rank (laughs)."
Pastore continued, "I enjoy it. Now I need to get some other people to do it too, because I'm not going to be around forever and it would be nice to get some nice new, younger sounding voices. I'm getting older, I'm in my 50s and you never know how long it's going to last."
Until then, you can be certain Pastore will leave his mark on Barksdale even after he retires.
"I plan to still be around, because in some way I'd like to contribute, even if it's just to be there for the events to witness them, the change of command, the promotion ceremonies, the award ceremonies and what not. I see some people such as General Ely who have been retired for I don't know how long, and they still come and participate and it means a lot because that means we really do matter and so I would like to give that back in the same way."