Hot Oppertunities: Upcoming events will relax and recharge

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo -- If you've checked your calendar recently, you've noted that we are already approaching the end of summer.

With school starting in less than a week, you may soon be adjusting to a different family "battle rhythm."

However, there are still a few opportunities to relax and enjoy yourself before we lose the warm weather.

As you read this article, 36 teams of dedicated warriors are engaged in a dire struggle to come out on top in the Air Force Ball golf tournament.

The tournament is designed to raise money to help reduce ticket costs for the Whiteman Air Force Birthday Ball, which will be held at Central Missouri State University Sept.14.

This year we are honored to have as our guest speaker Lt. Gen. Dave Deptula, former Pacific Air Force vice commander and current Headquarters U.S. Air Force deputy chief of staff for intelligence.

The ball promises to be a great time for everyone who attends, and a wonderful way to celebrate our Air Force heritage.

Also, we have declared Tuesday a wing squadron day to allow maximum attendance at military appreciation day at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

If you haven't ever attended this event, it provides great entertainment for every taste: carnival rides, livestock exhibits, craft shows, concerts, food.

You name it, it's at the fair! I highly encourage everyone to attend, and urge you to take proper precautions to make your experience safe and satisfying.

Another great way to relax and enjoy the end of the summer is the Enlisted Luau.

This year the event will be held at Skelton Park Aug. 18. It's open to all our enlisted troops and their families, and provides a great opportunity for food, fun, and camaraderie.

Information on many more opportunities is available on the Services Website and the Whiteman events page, so stay informed and get out there and have some fun! And don't forget to ACT -- Assess the risks, Consider the consequences, Take the appropriate action.

Have fun safely. We have a busy year ahead of us, and as Colonel Biscone always says, "we need you rested and ready."