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Team Dover celebrates 71 years of Air Force heritage

Members of Team Dover dance Sept. 15, 2018, during the Air Force Ball in Dover, Del. The event’s theme, “Eve of Tomorrow,” celebrated the 71st birthday of the world’s greatest Air Force, encouraging participants to remember the heritage and look toward the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Members of Team Dover dance Sept. 15, 2018, during the Air Force Ball in Dover, Del. The event’s theme, “Eve of Tomorrow,” celebrated the 71st birthday of the world’s greatest Air Force, encouraging participants to remember the heritage and look toward the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

First Lt. Joey Keyes (right), 512th Force Support Squadron military personnel section commander, poses for a selfie with his husband, Pablo, during the Air Force Ball Sept. 15, 2018, in Dover, Del. An annual event, the Air Force Ball celebrates the heritage of the service branch, established Sept. 18, 1947. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

First Lt. Joey Keyes (right), 512th Force Support Squadron military personnel section commander, poses for a selfie with his husband, Pablo, during the Air Force Ball Sept. 15, 2018, in Dover, Del. An annual event, the Air Force Ball celebrates the heritage of the service branch, established Sept. 18, 1947. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Tech. Sgt. Justin Johnson, 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron instrument flight control systems noncommissioned officer in charge, talks with his wife, Nicole, Sept. 15, 2018, during the Air Force Ball in Dover, Del. Approximately 900 members of Team Dover attended the ball in celebration of the 71st Air Force birthday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Tech. Sgt. Justin Johnson, 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron instrument flight control systems noncommissioned officer in charge, talks with his wife, Nicole, Sept. 15, 2018, during the Air Force Ball in Dover, Del. Approximately 900 members of Team Dover attended the ball in celebration of the 71st Air Force birthday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Maj. Gen. Randall Ogden, Air Force Reserve Command 4th Air Force commander, speaks during the Air Force Ball Sept. 15, 2018, in Dover, Del. Ogden spoke about the important role innovation played in the heritage of the Air Force and how it will contribute to the future of the service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Maj. Gen. Randall Ogden, Air Force Reserve Command 4th Air Force commander, speaks during the Air Force Ball Sept. 15, 2018, in Dover, Del. Ogden spoke about the important role innovation played in the heritage of the Air Force and how it will contribute to the future of the service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

From left, Airmen 1st Class Jessika Ilgen and Jessica Gasvoda, 436th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineering technicians, laugh together during the Air Force Ball Sept. 15, 2018, in Dover, Del. New members of Team Dover, Ilgen and Gasvoda attended the first Air Force Ball in their careers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

From left, Airmen 1st Class Jessika Ilgen and Jessica Gasvoda, 436th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineering technicians, laugh together during the Air Force Ball Sept. 15, 2018, in Dover, Del. New members of Team Dover, Ilgen and Gasvoda attended the first Air Force Ball in their careers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Team Dover members pose for a group photo Sept. 15, 2018, during the Air Force Ball in Dover, Del. The ball celebrates service branch’s heritage and honor’s the branch’s inception Sept. 18, 1947. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Team Dover members pose for a group photo Sept. 15, 2018, during the Air Force Ball in Dover, Del. The ball celebrates service branch’s heritage and honor’s the branch’s inception Sept. 18, 1947. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Master Sgt. Philip Albin, 436th Maintenance Squadron nondestructive imaging section chief, plays the national anthem during the Air Force Ball Sept. 15, 2018, in Dover, Del. Throughout the evening, Albin played several segments of iconic songs from the ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s representing the several generations of Airmen serving at Dover Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Master Sgt. Philip Albin, 436th Maintenance Squadron nondestructive imaging section chief, plays the national anthem during the Air Force Ball Sept. 15, 2018, in Dover, Del. Throughout the evening, Albin played several segments of iconic songs from the ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s representing the several generations of Airmen serving at Dover Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Dover Mayor Robin Christensen speaks with Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Green, 436th Airlift Wing command chief, during the Air Force Ball Sept. 15, 2018, in Dover, Del. Airmen from all ranks, their families and key members of the community came together during the ball to celebrate the Air Force’s birthday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Dover Mayor Robin Christensen speaks with Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Green, 436th Airlift Wing command chief, during the Air Force Ball Sept. 15, 2018, in Dover, Del. Airmen from all ranks, their families and key members of the community came together during the ball to celebrate the Air Force’s birthday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Attendees listen to a message about the importance of innovation and Airpower during the Air Force Ball Sept. 15, 2018, in Dover, Del. The event’s theme, “Eve of Tomorrow,” celebrated the 71st birthday of the world’s greatest Air Force, encouraging participants to remember the heritage and look toward the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Attendees listen to a message about the importance of innovation and Airpower during the Air Force Ball Sept. 15, 2018, in Dover, Del. The event’s theme, “Eve of Tomorrow,” celebrated the 71st birthday of the world’s greatest Air Force, encouraging participants to remember the heritage and look toward the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Col. Joel Safranek, 436th Airlift Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Green, 436th AW command chief, speak with Tech. Sgt. Thomas Belin, 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, during the Air Force Ball Sept. 15, 2018, in Dover, Del. Deployed, Belin was selected for a Stripes for Exceptional Performers (STEP) promotion and notified during the ball. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)
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Col. Joel Safranek, 436th Airlift Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Green, 436th AW command chief, speak with Tech. Sgt. Thomas Belin, 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, during the Air Force Ball Sept. 15, 2018, in Dover, Del. Deployed, Belin was selected for a Stripes for Exceptional Performers (STEP) promotion and notified during the ball. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

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