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By PAUL DELANEY
Staff Reporter 

Fairchild celebrates 75th in grand fashion

Big crowd packs Spokane Convention Center for base, U.S. Air Force birthdays

 

September 21, 2017

Fairchild Air Force Base

Contributed photo by Fairchild Air Force Base Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, along with the oldest and youngest attending Airmen, prepare to use a ceremonial officer's sword to cut the cake during the 2017 Air Force Ball at the Spokane Convention Center, Sept. 16. This year's ball was attended by more than 800 Airmen and guests. Contributed photo by Fairchild Air Force Base Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, along with the oldest and youngest attending Airmen, prepare to use a ceremonial officer's sword to cut the cake during the 2017 Air Force Ball at the Spokane Convention Center, Sept. 16. This year's ball was attended by more than 800 Airmen and guests.

Fairchild Air Force Base concluded its celebration of a 75th birthday in grand fashion Saturday, Sept. 16 with 850 guests in attendance at the 2017 Air Force Ball.

The event packed three banquet rooms at the Spokane Convention Center for an evening of remembrance that also honored the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force. The vast majority of the crowd were service members, all in some formal dress blue, but sprinkled in were members of the civilian side with whom Fairchild shares a unique bond.

Videos of the base's history played on the big screens and celebrated the heritage of the faci...



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