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Tinker celebrates Air Force's 70th birthday at 2017 Air Force Ball

Tinker Air Force Base Honor Guard presents the colors to kick off the Air Force Ball on Sept. 16, 2017. The event celebrated both the 70th birthday of the Air Force and the 75th anniversary of Tinker Air Force Base.

Tinker Air Force Base Honor Guard presents the colors to kick off the Air Force Ball on Sept. 16, 2017. The event celebrated both the 70th birthday of the Air Force and the 75th anniversary of Tinker Air Force Base. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Sam Tucker gives the invocation during the Air Force Ball Sept. 16 at the Embassy Suites in Norman, Oklahoma. The event both celebrated the 70th birthday of the Air Force and the 75th anniversary of Tinker Air Force Base.

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Sam Tucker gives the invocation during the Air Force Ball Sept. 16 at the Embassy Suites in Norman, Oklahoma. The event both celebrated the 70th birthday of the Air Force and the 75th anniversary of Tinker Air Force Base. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)

While attending the Air Force Ball last Saturday, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Sam Tucker raised his glass during the toasts.

While attending the Air Force Ball last Saturday, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Sam Tucker raised his glass during the toasts to the flag of the United States of America, to the commander in chief, the president of the United States, to the chief of Staff of the United States Army, to the chief of Naval Operations, to the chief of Staff of the Air Force and to the brave men and women of the Armed Forces. The event celebrated the 70th birthday of the Air Force and the 75th anniversary of Tinker Air Force Base. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)

Michael Paul Pahsetopah and Michael Peyton Pahsetopah, members of the Osage Nation perform a dance to honor Gen. Clarence Tinker's cultural heritage.

Michael Peyton Pahsetopah, dancing, and Michael Paul Pahsetopah, singing, perform a dance to honor Tinker Air Force Base's strong relationship with the Osage Nation. Tinker Air Force Base is named for Maj. Gen. Clarence Tinker, who was a member of the Osage Nation. Not pictured, Titan Blackbird Harris also performed during the 2017 Air Force Ball, held Sept. 26, 2017. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)

Titan Blackbird Harris performs a dance to honor Tinker Air Force Base's strong relationship with the Osage Nation.

Titan Blackbird Harris performs a dance to honor Tinker Air Force Base's strong relationship with the Osage Nation. The base is named for Maj. Gen. Clarence Tinker, who was a member of the Osage Nation. The event celebrated both the 70th birthday of the Air Force and the 75th anniversary of Tinker Air Force Base. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)

During the Air Force Ball on Sept. 16, Todd Bayles, mechanical engineer from the 76th Commodities Maintenance Group's REACT office, and Jerry Bryza, media chief with the 72nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs office, stood by as Honor Guard member Airman 1st Class Joshua Stuff placed the last flag to fly over Bldg. 460 into the 75th anniversary time capsule.

During the Air Force Ball on Sept. 16, Todd Bayles, mechanical engineer from the 76th Commodities Maintenance Group's REACT office, and Jerry Bryza, media chief with the 72nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs office, stood by as Honor Guard member Airman 1st Class Joshua Stuff placed the last flag to fly over Bldg. 460 into the 75th anniversary time capsule. Bldg. 460 housed the headquarters of Tinker Air Force Base for nearly 75 years. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)

Phil Tinker, grandson of Maj. Gen. Clarence Tinker, and Jim Diehl, president of the Tinker Heritage Foundation, place the lid on top of the 75th anniversary time capsule during the 2017 Air Force Ball, held on Sept. 16 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Norman, Oklahoma.

Phil Tinker, grandson of Maj. Gen. Clarence Tinker, and Jim Diehl, president of the Tinker Heritage Foundation, place the lid on top of the 75th anniversary time capsule during the 2017 Air Force Ball, held on Sept. 16 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Norman, Oklahoma. The time capsule, manufactured by the 76th Commodities Maintenance Group's REACT cell, was printed using the most modern technique of manufacturing to showcase Tinker's latest technology. Included in the first layer of the time capsule are individual boxes containing contributions from the nine largest units of Tinker Air Force Base: Air Force Sustainment Center, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, 552nd Air Control Wing, Strategic Communications Wing One, 507th Air Refueling Wing, 448th Supply Chain Management Wing, Defense Information Systems Agency, Defense Logistics Agency-Oklahoma City, and 38th Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group. The second and third layers of the time capsule contain contributions from the 72nd Air Base Wing, the Osage Nation and local communities. The time capsule will be unearthed in 2092. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)

Garry Richey, former Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center executive director, was the guest speaker during the Air Force Ball Sept. 16, 2017.

Garry Richey, former Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center executive director, was the guest speaker during the Air Force Ball Sept. 16, 2017. The ball, held at Embassy Suites in Norman, Oklahoma, celebrated the 70th birthday of the Air Force and the 75th Anniversary of Tinker Air Force Base. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)

Garry Richey, former Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center executive director, was the guest speaker during the Air Force Ball Sept. 16, 2017.

Garry Richey, former Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center executive director, was the guest speaker during the Air Force Ball Sept. 16, 2017. The ball, held at Embassy Suites in Norman, Oklahoma, celebrated the 70th birthday of the Air Force and the 75th Anniversary of Tinker Air Force Base. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)

Team Tinker, their families and distinguished guests came out to the Embassy Suites in Norman, Oklahoma, on Sept. 16 to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Air Force and the 75th anniversary of Tinker Air Force Base during the Air Force Ball. Nearly 700 people attended the event.
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Team Tinker, their families and distinguished guests came out to the Embassy Suites in Norman, Oklahoma, on Sept. 16 to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Air Force and the 75th anniversary of Tinker Air Force Base during the Air Force Ball. Nearly 700 people attended the event. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)

Col. Kenyon Bell, 72nd Air Base Wing commander, thanks everyone for attending this year's Air Force Ball, held on Sept. 16, 2017 at the Embassy Suites in Norman, Oklahoma. This year's ball celebrated the 70th birthday of the Air Force and the 75th anniversary of Tinker Air Force Base.
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Col. Kenyon Bell, 72nd Air Base Wing commander, thanks everyone for attending this year's Air Force Ball, held on Sept. 16, 2017 at the Embassy Suites in Norman, Oklahoma. This year's ball celebrated the 70th birthday of the Air Force and the 75th anniversary of Tinker Air Force Base. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)

No party is complete without a cake. This was the official cake of the 2017 Air Force Ball, celebrating the 70th birthday of the United States Air Force.
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No party is complete without a cake. This was the official cake of the 2017 Air Force Ball, celebrating the 70th birthday of the United States Air Force. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)

Col. Kenyon Bell, 72nd Air Base Wing commander, presents Garry Richey, former Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center executive director, with a $250 check for the OU Aviation Scholarship as a 'thank you' for being the guest speaker of this year's Air Force Ball on Sept. 16.
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Col. Kenyon Bell, 72nd Air Base Wing commander, presents Garry Richey, former Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center executive director, with a $250 check for the OU Aviation Scholarship as a 'thank you' for being the guest speaker of this year's Air Force Ball on Sept. 16. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)

The U.S. Air Force Band of the West provided entertainment at the 2017 Air Force Ball. The ball celebrated not only the 70th birthday of the U.S. Air Force, but it also celebrated the 75th anniversary of Tinker Air Force Base.
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The U.S. Air Force Band of the West provided entertainment at the 2017 Air Force Ball, held Sept. 16, 2017, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Norman, Oklahoma. The ball celebrated not only the 70th birthday of the U.S. Air Force, but it also celebrated the 75th anniversary of Tinker Air Force Base. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)

Staff Sgt. Henry C. Roberson III, OPS Rep and bassist with The Band of the West's "Velocity Combo."
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Staff Sgt. Henry C. Roberson III, OPS Rep and bassist with The Band of the West's "Velocity Combo." (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)

Members of the U.S. Air Force's Band of the West provided entertainment for the 2017 Air Force Ball, held Sept. 16 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Norman, Oklahoma.
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Members of the U.S. Air Force's Band of the West provided entertainment for the 2017 Air Force Ball, held Sept. 16 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Norman, Oklahoma. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)

Members of the U.S. Air Force's Band of the West provided entertainment for the 2017 Air Force Ball, held Sept. 16 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Norman, Oklahoma.
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Members of the U.S. Air Force's Band of the West provided entertainment for the 2017 Air Force Ball, held Sept. 16 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Norman, Oklahoma. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)

Members of the U.S. Air Force's Band of the West provided entertainment for the 2017 Air Force Ball, held Sept. 16 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Norman, Oklahoma.
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Members of the U.S. Air Force's Band of the West provided entertainment for the 2017 Air Force Ball, held Sept. 16 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Norman, Oklahoma. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)

Brig. Gen. Tom Miller, commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, cut the ceremonial birthday cake along with Airman William Parker from the 72nd Air Base Wing Comptroller Squadron.
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Brig. Gen. Tom Miller, commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, cut the ceremonial birthday cake along with Airman William Parker from the 72nd Air Base Wing Comptroller Squadron. During the cake cutting ceremony, General Miller, the most senior Airman receives the first piece of cake and passes the cake to Airman Parker, representing the passing of wisdom and leadership, always caring for its own. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)

From left, Garry Richey, former Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center executive director, Donna Richey, Lori Bell and Col. Kenyon Bell, 72nd Air Base Wing commander.
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From left, Garry Richey, former Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center executive director, Donna Richey, Lori Bell and Col. Kenyon Bell, 72nd Air Base Wing commander. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)

To wrap up the Air Force Ball, Guests sing the Air Force Song to wrap up the Air Force Ball. This year's event, held Sept. 16, 2017, at the Embassy Suites in Norman, celebrated the Air Force's 70th birthday and Tinker's 75th anniversary.
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To wrap up the Air Force Ball, Guests sing the Air Force Song to wrap up the Air Force Ball. This year's event, held Sept. 16, 2017, at the Embassy Suites in Norman, celebrated the Air Force's 70th birthday and Tinker's 75th anniversary. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)

At the Air Force Ball on Sept. 16, 2017, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center Commander Brig. Gen. Tom Miller, looks on as Airman William Parker from the 72nd Air Base Wing Comptroller Squadron, takes the first bite of the ceremonial cake to honor the U.S. Air Force's 70th birthday.
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At the Air Force Ball on Sept. 16, 2017, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center Commander Brig. Gen. Tom Miller, looks on as Airman William Parker from the 72nd Air Base Wing Comptroller Squadron, takes the first bite of the ceremonial cake to honor the U.S. Air Force's 70th birthday. During the cake cutting ceremony, General Miller, the most senior Airman received the first piece of cake and passed the cake to Airman Parker representing the passing of wisdom and leadership, always caring for its own. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)

Brig. Gen. Tom Miller, commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, cuts the ceremonial birthday cake along with Airman William Parker from the 72nd Air Base Wing Comptroller Squadron.
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Brig. Gen. Tom Miller, commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, cuts the ceremonial birthday cake along with Airman William Parker from the 72nd Air Base Wing Comptroller Squadron. During the cake cutting ceremony, General Miller, the most senior Airman, receives the first piece of cake and passes the cake to Airman Parker representing the passing of wisdom and leadership, always caring for its own. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Tinker Air Force Base Honor Guard presents the colors to kick off the Air Force Ball on Sept. 16, 2017. The event celebrated both the 70th birthday of the Air Force and the 75th anniversary of Tinker Air Force Base. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)