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Air Force Ball: Great time, celebration of heritage

By Airman 1st Class Melissa White | 437th Airlift Wing Public Affairs | August 14, 2008

CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- Charleston AFB leadership invites Airmen to fill 1,300 seats at the Air Force Ball scheduled for Sept. 6 at the North Charleston Convention Center.

The ball is an annual Air Force-wide tradition to celebrate the heritage and history of the Air Force. This marks the 61st anniversary of the Air Force.

"It's going to be a great night; our goal is to focus on our future," said Master Sgt. Michelle McMeekin, 437th Force Support Squadron NCO in charge of the Airman & Family Readiness Center and Air Force Ball chairperson. "The Air Force is doing great things around the globe, so during the ball we want to highlight Charleston's mission and our Airmen's part in making that mission happen."

This year's will feature Lt. Gen. Vern "Rusty" Findley, Air Mobility Command vice commander and former 437th Airlift Wing commander, as the guest speaker. The evening will also include a three-course meal followed by entertainment from the local band, Rubberband.

"We received great feedback from last year's ball and have incorporated your comment's into this year's program," said Col. Donald Shaffer, 437 AW vice commander. "This year's schedule includes more time outside the formal program for socializing, dancing and enjoying the live music after dinner. After all, that's what the Air Force Ball is about -- having a great time and celebrating with friends."

To make it possible for more couples to get out and celebrate at the ball, the Charleston First 6 will be providing childcare. However, space is limited and drop-ins cannot be accepted the night of the ball, so the association urges those who are interested to plan ahead and make reservations early.

There will also be a golf tournament fundraiser Aug. 22 at the Miler Country Club in Summerville, S.C. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward funding for the ball and help provide free tickets for Airmen and their spouses.

"The committee has been working really hard for a couple of months now and things are coming together perfectly," said Sergeant McMeekin. "I have no doubt that everyone will enjoy it."

For more information about the Air Force Ball, childcare for the event or the golf tournament fundraiser, contact a unit ticket representative or contact a first sergeant to find out who the unit ticket representative is.

"Get your tickets early -- we look forward to seeing you there," said Colonel Shaffer.


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