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Members of Team Whiteman gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 23, 2017.

Members of Team Whiteman gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 23, 2017. During the annual Air Force Ball, guests had the opportunity to hear from retired U.S. Air Force Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris, a pilot who was held as a Vietnam prisoner of war. Harris shared his story and the importance of the communication between himself and his fellow captives utilizing the now historic “Tap” code. Attendees also witnessed the tradition of having both the highest-ranking Airman and the lowest-ranking Airman cut the cake with a saber, in addition to watching the Honor Guard render the colors and perform a POW/MIA table ceremony. A B-2 Spirit served as a backdrop to the event and guests were afforded the opportunity to take their photo in front of the stealth bomber.

Members of Team Whiteman gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 23, 2017.

Members of Team Whiteman gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 23, 2017. During the annual Air Force Ball, guests had the opportunity to hear from retired U.S. Air Force Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris, a pilot who was held as a Vietnam prisoner of war. Harris shared his story and the importance of the communication between himself and his fellow captives utilizing the now historic “Tap” code. Attendees also witnessed the tradition of having both the highest-ranking Airman and the lowest-ranking Airman cut the cake with a saber, in addition to watching the Honor Guard render the colors and perform a POW/MIA table ceremony. A B-2 Spirit served as a backdrop to the event and guests were afforded the opportunity to take their photo in front of the stealth bomber.

Members of Team Whiteman gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 23, 2017.

Members of Team Whiteman gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 23, 2017. During the annual Air Force Ball, guests had the opportunity to hear from retired U.S. Air Force Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris, a pilot who was held as a Vietnam prisoner of war. Harris shared his story and the importance of the communication between himself and his fellow captives utilizing the now historic “Tap” code. Attendees also witnessed the tradition of having both the highest-ranking Airman and the lowest-ranking Airman cut the cake with a saber, in addition to watching the Honor Guard render the colors and perform a POW/MIA table ceremony. A B-2 Spirit served as a backdrop to the event and guests were afforded the opportunity to take their photo in front of the stealth bomber.

Members of Team Whiteman gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 23, 2017.

Members of Team Whiteman gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 23, 2017. During the annual Air Force Ball, guests had the opportunity to hear from retired U.S. Air Force Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris, a pilot who was held as a Vietnam prisoner of war. Harris shared his story and the importance of the communication between himself and his fellow captives utilizing the now historic “Tap” code. Attendees also witnessed the tradition of having both the highest-ranking Airman and the lowest-ranking Airman cut the cake with a saber, in addition to watching the Honor Guard render the colors and perform a POW/MIA table ceremony. A B-2 Spirit served as a backdrop to the event and guests were afforded the opportunity to take their photo in front of the stealth bomber.

Members of Team Whiteman gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 23, 2017.

Members of Team Whiteman gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 23, 2017. During the annual Air Force Ball, guests had the opportunity to hear from retired U.S. Air Force Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris, a pilot who was held as a Vietnam prisoner of war. Harris shared his story and the importance of the communication between himself and his fellow captives utilizing the now historic “Tap” code. Attendees also witnessed the tradition of having both the highest-ranking Airman and the lowest-ranking Airman cut the cake with a saber, in addition to watching the Honor Guard render the colors and perform a POW/MIA table ceremony. A B-2 Spirit served as a backdrop to the event and guests were afforded the opportunity to take their photo in front of the stealth bomber.

Members of Team Whiteman gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 23, 2017.

Members of Team Whiteman gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 23, 2017. During the annual Air Force Ball, guests had the opportunity to hear from retired U.S. Air Force Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris, a pilot who was held as a Vietnam prisoner of war. Harris shared his story and the importance of the communication between himself and his fellow captives utilizing the now historic “Tap” code. Attendees also witnessed the tradition of having both the highest-ranking Airman and the lowest-ranking Airman cut the cake with a saber, in addition to watching the Honor Guard render the colors and perform a POW/MIA table ceremony. A B-2 Spirit served as a backdrop to the event and guests were afforded the opportunity to take their photo in front of the stealth bomber.

Members of Team Whiteman gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 23, 2017.

Members of Team Whiteman gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 23, 2017. During the annual Air Force Ball, guests had the opportunity to hear from retired U.S. Air Force Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris, a pilot who was held as a Vietnam prisoner of war. Harris shared his story and the importance of the communication between himself and his fellow captives utilizing the now historic “Tap” code. Attendees also witnessed the tradition of having both the highest-ranking Airman and the lowest-ranking Airman cut the cake with a saber, in addition to watching the Honor Guard render the colors and perform a POW/MIA table ceremony. A B-2 Spirit served as a backdrop to the event and guests were afforded the opportunity to take their photo in front of the stealth bomber.

Members of Team Whiteman gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 23, 2017.

Members of Team Whiteman gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 23, 2017. During the annual Air Force Ball, guests had the opportunity to hear from retired U.S. Air Force Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris, a pilot who was held as a Vietnam prisoner of war. Harris shared his story and the importance of the communication between himself and his fellow captives utilizing the now historic “Tap” code. Attendees also witnessed the tradition of having both the highest-ranking Airman and the lowest-ranking Airman cut the cake with a saber, in addition to watching the Honor Guard render the colors and perform a POW/MIA table ceremony. A B-2 Spirit served as a backdrop to the event and guests were afforded the opportunity to take their photo in front of the stealth bomber.

Members of Team Whiteman gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 23, 2017.

Members of Team Whiteman gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 23, 2017. During the annual Air Force Ball, guests had the opportunity to hear from retired U.S. Air Force Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris, a pilot who was held as a Vietnam prisoner of war. Harris shared his story and the importance of the communication between himself and his fellow captives utilizing the now historic “Tap” code. Attendees also witnessed the tradition of having both the highest-ranking Airman and the lowest-ranking Airman cut the cake with a saber, in addition to watching the Honor Guard render the colors and perform a POW/MIA table ceremony. A B-2 Spirit served as a backdrop to the event and guests were afforded the opportunity to take their photo in front of the stealth bomber.

Members of Team Whiteman gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 23, 2017.
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Members of Team Whiteman gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 23, 2017. During the annual Air Force Ball, guests had the opportunity to hear from retired U.S. Air Force Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris, a pilot who was held as a Vietnam prisoner of war. Harris shared his story and the importance of the communication between himself and his fellow captives utilizing the now historic “Tap” code. Attendees also witnessed the tradition of having both the highest-ranking Airman and the lowest-ranking Airman cut the cake with a saber, in addition to watching the Honor Guard render the colors and perform a POW/MIA table ceremony. A B-2 Spirit served as a backdrop to the event and guests were afforded the opportunity to take their photo in front of the stealth bomber.

Members of Team Whiteman gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 23, 2017.
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Members of Team Whiteman gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 23, 2017. During the annual Air Force Ball, guests had the opportunity to hear from retired U.S. Air Force Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris, a pilot who was held as a Vietnam prisoner of war. Harris shared his story and the importance of the communication between himself and his fellow captives utilizing the now historic “Tap” code. Attendees also witnessed the tradition of having both the highest-ranking Airman and the lowest-ranking Airman cut the cake with a saber, in addition to watching the Honor Guard render the colors and perform a POW/MIA table ceremony. A B-2 Spirit served as a backdrop to the event and guests were afforded the opportunity to take their photo in front of the stealth bomber.

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Members of Team Whiteman gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 23, 2017. During the annual Air Force Ball, guests had the opportunity to hear from retired U.S. Air Force Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris, a pilot who was held as a Vietnam prisoner of war. Harris shared his story and the importance of the communication between himself and his fellow captives utilizing the now historic “Tap” code. Attendees also witnessed the tradition of having both the highest-ranking Airman and the lowest-ranking Airman cut the cake with a saber, in addition to watching the Honor Guard render the colors and perform a POW/MIA table ceremony. A B-2 Spirit served as a backdrop to the event and guests were afforded the opportunity to take their photo in front of the stealth bomber.