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Air Force Ball commemorates 60th anniversary

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Left to right: Brig. Gen. Greg Biscone, 509th Bomb Wing commander, retired Chief Master Sgt. Mel Bockelman and Airman Basic James Williams, 509th Medical Support Squadron, cut the cake at the Air Force Ball Aug. 18. It is an Air Force tradition to have the most senior ranking Airman and the youngest Airman cut the cake. Chief Bockelman is wearing his Army Air Corps Class “A” uniform with the Eisenhower battle jacket, which was designed by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower during World War II. This year’s ball commemorated the Air Force’s 60th Anniversary, and was held at Elliott Union on the University of Central Missouri campus. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel Park)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Left to right: Brig. Gen. Greg Biscone, 509th Bomb Wing commander, retired Chief Master Sgt. Mel Bockelman and Airman Basic James Williams, 509th Medical Support Squadron, cut the cake at the Air Force Ball Aug. 18. It is an Air Force tradition to have the most senior ranking Airman and the youngest Airman cut the cake. Chief Bockelman is wearing his Army Air Corps Class “A” uniform with the Eisenhower battle jacket, which was designed by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower during World War II. This year’s ball commemorated the Air Force’s 60th Anniversary, and was held at Elliott Union on the University of Central Missouri campus. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel Park)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Left to right: Airman Basic James Williams, 509th Medical Support Squadron, retired Chief Master Sgt. Mel Bockelman and Brig. Gen. Greg Biscone, 509th Bomb Wing commander, stand beside the Prisoner of War/Missing In Action table at the Air Force Ball Aug. 18. Chief Bockelman is wearing his Army Air Corps Class “A” uniform with the Eisenhower battle jacket, which was designed by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower during World War II.This year’s ball commemorated the Air Force’s 60th Anniversary, and was held at Elliott Union on the University of Central Missouri campus. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel Park)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Left to right: Airman Basic James Williams, 509th Medical Support Squadron, retired Chief Master Sgt. Mel Bockelman and Brig. Gen. Greg Biscone, 509th Bomb Wing commander, stand beside the Prisoner of War/Missing In Action table at the Air Force Ball Aug. 18. Chief Bockelman is wearing his Army Air Corps Class “A” uniform with the Eisenhower battle jacket, which was designed by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower during World War II.This year’s ball commemorated the Air Force’s 60th Anniversary, and was held at Elliott Union on the University of Central Missouri campus. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel Park)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. – Maj. Gen. Douglas Raaberg, Air Combat Command air and space operations director, speaks at the Air Force Ball Aug. 18. General Raaberg, who was this year’s guest speaker, was also the 509th Bomb Wing commander from 2002-04. This year’s ball commemorated the Air Force’s 60th Anniversary, and was held at Elliott Union on the University of Central Missouri campus. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel Park)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. – Maj. Gen. Douglas Raaberg, Air Combat Command air and space operations director, speaks at the Air Force Ball Aug. 18. General Raaberg, who was this year’s guest speaker, was also the 509th Bomb Wing commander from 2002-04. This year’s ball commemorated the Air Force’s 60th Anniversary, and was held at Elliott Union on the University of Central Missouri campus. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel Park)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. – Left to right: Brig. Gen. Greg Biscone, 509th Bomb Wing commander presents an Air Force 60th Anniversary coin to Maj. Gen. Douglas Raaberg, Air Combat Command air and space operations director at the Air Force Ball Aug. 18. This year’s ball commemorated the Air Force’s 60th Anniversary, and was held at Elliott Union on the University of Central Missouri campus. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel Park)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. – Left to right: Brig. Gen. Greg Biscone, 509th Bomb Wing commander presents an Air Force 60th Anniversary coin to Maj. Gen. Douglas Raaberg, Air Combat Command air and space operations director at the Air Force Ball Aug. 18. This year’s ball commemorated the Air Force’s 60th Anniversary, and was held at Elliott Union on the University of Central Missouri campus. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel Park)