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Freedom Fest rocks Team Buckley

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The brass section of Homeslice, a Colorado vocal and horn ensemble, performs for Buckley's 2010 Freedom Fest July 1. The band played music ranging from classic rock to country to Michael Jackson. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The brass section of Homeslice, a Colorado vocal and horn ensemble, performs for Buckley's 2010 Freedom Fest July 1. The band played music ranging from classic rock to country to Michael Jackson. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Col. Clint Croiser, 460th Space Wing commander, introduces the Aurora Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet to the audience at Freedom Fest July 1. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shirley Henderson)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Col. Clint Croiser, 460th Space Wing commander, introduces the Aurora Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet to the audience at Freedom Fest July 1. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shirley Henderson)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Col. Clint Croiser, 460th Space Wing commander, takes a dip in the dunk tank after his daughter hits the bulls eye at Freedom Fest July 1. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman First Class Marcy Glass)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Col. Clint Croiser, 460th Space Wing commander, takes a dip in the dunk tank after his daughter hits the bulls eye at Freedom Fest July 1. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman First Class Marcy Glass)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Henna Tattoos were given out at Freedom Fest July 1, one of the many free activities offered during the event. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Manisha Vasquez)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Henna Tattoos were given out at Freedom Fest July 1, one of the many free activities offered during the event. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Manisha Vasquez)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- Classic cars, new cars and sports cars all sit out on display at Freedom Fest July 1. Each car was judged and graded for a grand prize to be awarded to the owner of the vehicle. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Manisha Vasquez)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- Classic cars, new cars and sports cars all sit out on display at Freedom Fest July 1. Each car was judged and graded for a grand prize to be awarded to the owner of the vehicle. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Manisha Vasquez)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- During Freedom Fest, children were allowed to explore a UH-Black Hawk Helicopter flown in by the Colorado Army National Guard. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman First Class Marcy Glass)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- During Freedom Fest, children were allowed to explore a UH-Black Hawk Helicopter flown in by the Colorado Army National Guard. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman First Class Marcy Glass)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --  A UH-60 Blackhawk, piloted by personnel of the Colorado Army National Guard, flies overhead during the 2010 Freedom Fest celebration July 1. Events treated Team Buckley and their families with meals, live music and contests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- A UH-60 Blackhawk, piloted by personnel of the Colorado Army National Guard, flies overhead during the 2010 Freedom Fest celebration July 1. Events treated Team Buckley and their families with meals, live music and contests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --  Chief Petty Officer Kevin Wilson, Naval Information Operations Command Colorado, takes the pitcher's mound during the Chiefs vs Eagles softball game July 1. The enlisted leadership lost to the base commanders 12-11 during their yearly game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Chief Petty Officer Kevin Wilson, Naval Information Operations Command Colorado, takes the pitcher's mound during the Chiefs vs Eagles softball game July 1. The enlisted leadership lost to the base commanders 12-11 during their yearly game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Major Kenneth Shirley, 460th Security Forces Squadron commander, takes first base during the Chiefs vs Eagles softball game July 1. The enlisted leadership and base commanders held their yearly game during Freedom Fest. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Major Kenneth Shirley, 460th Security Forces Squadron commander, takes first base during the Chiefs vs Eagles softball game July 1. The enlisted leadership and base commanders held their yearly game during Freedom Fest. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- More than 4,400 members of Team Buckley, their families and friends converged on Buckley Air Force Base July 1 for an afternoon of merriment and camaraderie.

"Everybody had food, everybody had fun, and we got to enjoy spending time with each other," said Maj. Beth Huffman, 460th Force Support Squadron deputy commander and an lead for the event committee. "It took all of Team Buckley to make this event a success, and a what a huge success it was!"

Freedom Fest participants celebrated the Independence Day weekend and the event's third year with performances by the Aurora Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet and local band Homeslice, food and drinks from local vendors, a climbing wall, pie-eating contest and other activities from base groups.

Also a highlight of the event, the Chiefs vs Eagles Softball Game ended with the base commanders (the Eagles) winning 12-11 in a surprise victory over Buckley's enlisted leadership (the Chiefs).
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