Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Air Force Ball

Friday night was the 2009 Tinker Air Force Ball. Bren took me for the first time and I was so excited! I had always wanted to go and will always want to go :) I very much enjoy time together and I especially love to get all dressed up with my man in uniform and celebrate our country and our service folks and their families dedication to our country! The ball starts with mingling, cocktails etc...followed by dinner and a presentation including a guest speaker. We do toasts to our many leaders and to our fellow service men and women. We also sang the Air Force know the one, well maybe you don't but you should :) so here it is...

The Air Force Song - Full Lyrics
by Robert Crawford, reprinted with permission
courtesy USAF Heritage of America Band

Off we go into the wild blue yonder,
Climbing high into the sun;
Here they come zooming to meet our thunder,
At 'em boys, Give 'er the gun! (Give 'er the gun now!)
Down we dive, spouting our flame from under,
Off with one helluva roar!
We live in fame or go down in flame. Hey!
Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force!

Additional verses:

Minds of men fashioned a crate of thunder,
Sent it high into the blue;
Hands of men blasted the world asunder;
How they lived God only knew! (God only knew then!)
Souls of men dreaming of skies to conquer
Gave us wings, ever to soar!
With scouts before And bombers galore. Hey!
Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force!

Bridge: "A Toast to the Host"

Here's a toast to the host
Of those who love the vastness of the sky,
To a friend we send a message of his brother men who fly.
We drink to those who gave their all of old,
Then down we roar to score the rainbow's pot of gold.
A toast to the host of men we boast, the U.S. Air Force!


Off we go into the wild sky yonder,
Keep the wings level and true;
If you'd live to be a grey-haired wonder
Keep the nose out of the blue! (Out of the blue, boy!)
Flying men, guarding the nation's border,
We'll be there, followed by more!
In echelon we carry on. Hey!
Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force!

Notes: Crawford didn't write "Hey!"; he actually wrote "SHOUT!" without specifying the word to be shouted. Wherever they appear, the words "U.S. Air Force" have been changed from the original "Army Air Corps." Words in parentheses are spoken, not sung.

Every branch of the Armed Services has a song. On Veterans day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, etc...churches and other ceremonies will ask members to stand during their song. I have to admit I often get confused on which song to stand for now. I have stood along side my grandfather for the Coast Guard as one of his family members. I have stood for the Army for my time in service, now I stand for the Air Force as an AF wife. I am proud of our service members and truly love the military lifestyle. It is an honor to be a part of it, it is an honor to be the wife of a warrior. With great honor comes great responsibility and sacrifice and I am glad to do it (even when it is not enjoyable!)

So when we stood to sing the first verse together I have to admit, this was one of my three favorite moments of the night, and yes, I got all choked up! My other two favorite parts of the night were seeing my husband so enthralled with the speaker, a retired four star General. This is going to sound so wrong but he doesn't get that enthralled or that excited to hear anyone speak! I tried to take his picture but he instantly was aware and had to be ridiculous! So in honor of his annoyance with my camera I will show you how he acted, HA!

My other most pleasing times came from the moments I got with My best friend, soon to PCS Lindsey, and my other PWOC ladies. My fellow wives of warriors. The ladies that I am honored to know and honored to stand next too as their husbands ship out and return, as they have babies alone, and raise children as single moms more often than we like to think. I love you ladies and am so glad to have seen you being treated like the princesses that we all are, Daughters of the KING of KINGS!! What a blessed night! Enjoy the pics...oh and yes, the fake hair was sooooo much fun. Aidan said he thought it was a miracle like those dolls that you wind up their arm and their hair grows HAHAHA!!! But no, it was a snap in Jessica Simpson hair piece. It looked so real it fooled many and others didn't even recognize me. The only downfall is that you could see a color difference in the pictures because the flash handles the plastic hair differently than my real hair!

Bren and Me

A wonderful friend Tegan (she is an inspirational sister in Christ) and Me

Good friends, Virginia (beautiful name, huh?!?), Sarah (one of the first ladies I met here and shares my passion of doing stuff) and Me

My Lyndsey :) and her hubby Joe

1 comment:

  1. We had a great night too! I love your pictures and kind words. You are a blessed treasure. I am so happy that you were able to attend this year.


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