Imagine if you will, walking with your date, hand-in-hand past an A-26 Invader, an F-101 Voo-Doo and other historic planes from the Air Force's storied past as you're decked out in your mess dress and your companion is dressed to the nines. Now imagine you're dancing on the patio or inside the Fighter Gallery at the Hill Aerospace Museum to Glen Miller big band era music and 70s, 80s, 90s and current musical hits. You've listened to a great presentation by motivational speaker Dan Clark and enjoyed a nice meal provided by The Landing.
All of this can be yours if you attend the Air Force Ball on Sept. 7, after purchasing your tickets and reserving your meal choice through an RSVP.
"Using the museum (for the ball), that's pretty cool," Capt. Guy SClBMeyer, said was a common response from anyone he talked to as lead of the Air Force Organizing Committee. "It just fit."
With a theme of Legacy of Valor, attendees will be able to socialize on the northwest corner of the Fighter Gallery and outside on the patio, if weather permits. At 6:15 p.m. chimes will sound leading everyone to tables at the back of the gallery where dinner will be served, and Clark will address the gathering.
Afterward, those interested in dancing can move back to the patio or northwest corner for music and those who wish to talk and remain in the eating area to socialize are welcome to do so.
A photographer will be present for those wishing to take advantage of being photographed with an aircraft framing their portrait.
A Civilian Wingman ceremony will be held in the Lindquist Gallery, the first gallery which patrons enter at the museum, at 5 p.m., in an earlier event. The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m.
Ticket prices are as follows:
E5-E6 or GS-9, WG-10, WL-9 and below ($20)
E7-E9 or WG-11, WL-10, WS-7 and up ($35)
O1-O3 or GS-11-GS-12 ($35)
O4-O5 or GS-13-GS-14 ($40)
O6 or GS-15 and above ($50)
Meyer said that volunteers have been exceptional about coming forward and offering their services, including some involved in producing a slideshow collage and video.
"To see the Airmen wanting to get involved and contribute their knowledge and expertise to make this a successful event was mind-blowing to me," said Meyer. "As a prior enlisted Airman I didn't have the opportunity to get involved with things like that until I was an NCO and later in my enlisted career."
He praised everyone on the organizing committee, led by Col. Fredrick Thaden, of the 75th Air Base Wing, chairman of the committee.
"Everyone on the committee is bringing their expertise and background to this to make sure it's a successful event," he added.
With tight budgets in these times of fiscal restraint, it has been heartening to see so much involvement, Meyer concluded.
Other contributions include a 419th Fighter Wing master sergeant who has offered his services as DJ and the 419th FW Anthem Choir who will perform the national anthem.
For more information and questions about the event email Capt. Guy Meyer via firstname.lastname@example.org or contact him at 801-586-8679.