SJ goes golden in style, holds 50th Air Force Ball
By Capt. Tana Stevenson, 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published September 22, 2006
SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. --
"This night is about you," said Col. Steve Kwast, 4th Fighter Wing commander, at the Air Force Ball Saturday, after talking about the character of the Airmen from Team Seymour.
The event celebrated the Air Force's 59th birthday and 50 years of Seymour Johnson.
Highlights of the Air Force Ball included the honor guard's ceremony for the warrior table and the cake-cutting ceremony.
Entertainment was kicked off as singers from the Blue Aces pulled the vice wing commander and command chief master sergeant on the floor to dance.
"My vision for the event was for it to be fun, classy and inclusive," said Capt. Lucas Teel, 335th Fighter Squadron training officer. "By this measure, I think the ball was a resounding success. It was especially good to see all of the spouses of deployed personnel and a good contingent of junior enlisted present."
The Air Force ball committee worked especially hard to include everyone, said Capt Teel.
Approximately 393 Team Seymour members were in attendance at the enlisted club for the 2006 Air Force Ball, which was a full house considering there were only 400 tickets available.
"As a civilian attending my first Air Force ball, I was delighted to witness the heritage, the formality and the elegance of the function," said Dr. Roy Heidicker, 4th FW historian.
He was also delighted that the wing recognized the heritage of 50 years in Wayne County by inviting Dr. Scott Berkeley, who is the son of former Goldsboro Mayor Scott Berkeley, Sr.
"It is only because of his efforts that Seymour Johnson became a permanent base in 1956."