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NEWS | Aug. 24, 2006

Team Charleston members encouraged to attend AF ball

By Team Charleston Air Force Ball committee

The Air Force Ball Committee and the 437th and 315th Airlift Wing leadership are encouraging members of Team Charleston to attend the 2006 Air Force Ball at the North Charleston Area Convention Center Sept. 9. 

Each year the Air Force Ball continues to grow in its magnitude and presentation. This year is no exception, said 2nd Lt. Aaron Scogin, 437th Airlift Wing Protocol officer. 

"The ball is designed to be a celebration with camaraderie and fun as the priority," he said. "Attendees can enjoy a formal night out with friends where they will enjoy an elegant dinner followed by dancing to a wide range of music." This year's entertainment will be provided by Max Impact, the premier rock band for the United States Air Force." 

Valet parking, affordable childcare and professional photographers will be available. A special memento will also be given to each attendee. 

Here are the "facts and fiction:" 

Fiction: You must have a mess dress uniform in order to attend the ball.
Fact: If you are enlisted and do not have a mess dress you are authorized to wear the semi-formal uniform. This uniform is your service dress without a nametag, white collar shirt and blue tie. 

Fiction: You cannot attend because your spouse is deployed.
Fact: This is a great opportunity to interact with people, both in the military and civilian communities, who support the families of those deployed. 

Fiction: No one is going to the ball.
Fact: Last year more than 900 people attended and this year promises to host more. Don't miss this opportunity. 

Fiction: The ball is only for active-duty Air Force members.
Fact: False ... The ball is open to everyone to include members from other military branches, active duty, reservists, retirees, government employees, civilians and other members of our community. 

For more information, call your squadron ticket representative or 963-8013 or 963-2034.