69th Air Force Ball: A time to reflect and celebrate

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  • By Airman 1st Class Mariette Adams
  • 6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

It’s that time of year again; time for Airmen to breakout their mess dress and semi-formal wear; for civilians to find that gown or suit, and prepare for the 69th Air Force Ball.

Every September, Airmen all across the world attend a locally organized Air Force Ball. On Sept. 9, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, is scheduled to celebrate the Air Force birthday with an additional focus on standing strong and standing together. It is an opportunity for Airmen, friends and coworkers to come together and celebrate, and reflect on an important day in history, the Air Force’s birthday.

“Sept. 18th is an important day in Air Force history because it was the day that the National Security Act of 1947 was signed by President Truman and established a separate military service, the United States Air Force,” said Stephen Ove, historian with the 6th Air Mobility Wing.

This year, the Air Force’s theme is “American Airmen...bringing airpower to the joint fight.”

Ove explains that the ball is a celebration of Air Force Birthday as well as an opportunity to experience some of the service’s time honored traditions. An example of an Air Force Ball tradition is the cutting of the cake.

Traditionally, the lowest and highest ranking service members are the first to cut the cake. In addition, the ball provides an opportunity for Airmen to reflect and commemorate those who served before.

In a group effort, MacDill service members and community members alike have been working together to put on the Tampa Air Force Ball.

"I have been honored to volunteer on the Air Force Ball committee for four years now," explained Debbie Miller, an Air Force Ball committee member. "I love how the community and MacDill come together, work together and celebrate together. This event brings those military supporters in the community and Airmen from MacDill together... to shape an amazing and memorable event each year.”

As this birthday and ball are quickly approaching, many are taking the time to reflect on our shared Air Force heritage and those who stand together.

Those interested in attending the Tampa Air Force Ball can go to www.tampaairforceball.com.