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AF Cannon Ball to celebrate heritage

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  • By Staff Sgt. Rachel Cyr
  • 27 Special Operations Maintenance Squadron

Cannon Air Force Base will be celebrating the Air Force’s 69th birthday anniversary with flash and flare at the annual Cannon Ball Saturday, September 17 at the Clovis Civic Center.

With the theme of WWII: Our Origins and Heritage, this year’s ball is sure to provide a unique and fun experience for Cannon’s Commandos.

“The Cannon Ball Committee has been working hard for months to ensure that this year’s ball is a huge success,” said 1st Lt. Erin Recanzone, Cannon Ball project officer. “We have two goals for this project: to make the event different from what we’ve seen in the past couple of years, and for it to be an enjoyable experience for both spouses and active duty members. Planning’s not done yet, but I think it’s safe to say we’ll meet both those goals.”

The 27th Air Commando Squadron pre-dates the Air Force itself, with origins in WWII. Remaining true to Special Operations’ expertise in unconventional warfare, the Air Commandos implemented Operation Thursday in 1944. This successful operation against the Japanese significantly assisted the Allied forces and is largely considered the birth of the Air Commandos.

This event is a time to celebrate our heritage, cheer how far we have come, and toast to a bright future.

The uniform for active duty service members is mess dress or modified service dress, and for spouses the dress code is formal. The evening will include a social hour beginning at 5 p.m., a sit-down dinner, and guest speaker Maj. Gen. Michael T. Plehn, U.S. Southern Command chief of staff.

Tickets are on sale now, but going fast. Please contact Master Sgt. Shawn Salyer or Master Sgt. Cassandra Lucas for your unit ticket sale points of contact.

For specific questions regarding the Cannon Ball, contact Captain Giselle Rieschick or Captain Justina Keithley.