Happy Birthday! Air Force turns 57
by Senior Airman Andrea Thacker
This year's Air Force Birthday Ball Sept. 17 celebrated the 57th birthday of the service and provided reflection on women's progress in today's Air Force.
“The theme, 'Women in Aviation.' was selected after Secretary of the Air Force James Roche recently spoke and recognized the role of women in aviation,” according to Maj. Jay Kent, planning committee chair. “To compliment the theme, Florene Miller Watson was chosen to be the guest speaker for the ball. She was one of the first Women Air Service Pilots.”
The Air Force Dining-out format began in the United States Army Air Corps with Gen. "Hap" Arnold's "Wing-dings," which were celebrations for members of the wing personnel. The Air Corps' association with the British in World War II increased its popularity. Since that time it has grown into its present form.
A dining-out is a social event where members in commands or units can socialize and is designed to promote high morale and esprit de corps. The purpose of MacDill's dining-out is to celebrate its birthday and women in aviation.
The event featured a social hour at 6 p.m. in the Davis Conference Center. More than 500 people attended this year's dining-out.