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To celebrate the anniversary of the U.S. Air Force next week, many air bases in the Pacific will hold their annual Air Force balls on Sept. 20.

The events commemorate the day the Air Force was established 56 years ago, according to the Air Force History Support Office at the Pentagon.

The balls normally take place on the weekend closest to the birthday.

President Truman created the Department of the Air Force on Sept. 18, 1947.

Here are the dates and ball information for several Pacific bases:

• Andersen Air Force Base, Guam: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Ocean View Conference Center. The $25 tickets can be purchased from squadron representatives. The guest speaker will be Col. Thurlow Crummett Jr., Andersen’s 36th Mission Support Group commander. Three meal options are available: chicken Wellington, grilled filet of beef tenderloin or grilled vegetable plate. A local jazz band, Caliente, will perform.• Kadena Air Base, Okinawa: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Rocker NCO Club. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for E-1 through E-5 and GS-1 through GS-5 ranks; $25 for E-6 through E-8, O-1 through 0-3 and GS-6 through GS-12; and $30 for E-9, O-4 and above. To purchase tickets, see unit Air Force Ball representatives.• Misawa Air Base, Japan: A 6 p.m. social and 7 p.m. dinner Sept. 20 in Misawa’s Collocated Clubs. Dancing follows dinner. Scheduled guest speaker will be retired Col. Charles Edwards. The Air Force Band of the Pacific will provide musical entertainment.• Yokota Air Base, Japan: A 6 p.m. social and 7 p.m. dinner Sept. 20 at the Yokota Enlisted Club. Retired Brig. Gen. Edwin F. Wenglar, an “enlisted pilot,” is the guest speaker. Tickets are $25 for prime rib or salmon or $20 for pasta primavera. Tickets are available through first sergeants.• South Korea: Osan Air Base will not have a ball; instead, it celebrated the birthday at an event last weekend. The base also will have an anniversary concert celebration Sept. 18. Kunsan Air Base also does not hold a ball, base officials said. The base will hold a Wing Dining Out for the 18th Fighter Wing on Sept. 27.


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