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Buckley celebrates 66th Air Force birthday

Retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force David J. Campanale, left; Airman Amanda Belarde, 460th Space Wing Legal Office military justice paralegal, center; and Col. Dan Wright, 460th SW commander, cut the Air Force birthday cake during the Air Force Ball Sept. 27, 2013, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver. This year’s celebration marked the 66th Air Force birthday and paid respects to 1st Lt. John Harold "Buck" Buckley the base’s namesake, who was killed during World War I 95 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force David J. Campanale, left; Airman Amanda Belarde, 460th Space Wing Legal Office military justice paralegal, center; and Col. Dan Wright, 460th SW commander, cut the Air Force birthday cake during the Air Force Ball Sept. 27, 2013, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver. This year’s celebration marked the 66th Air Force birthday and paid respects to 1st Lt. John Harold "Buck" Buckley the base’s namesake, who was killed during World War I 95 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Senior Airman John Schneider, 460th Contracting Squadron, plays the piano for Air Force Ball attendees during social hour Sept. 27, 2013, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver. This year’s celebration marked the 66th Air Force birthday and paid respects to 1st Lt. John Harold "Buck" Buckley the base’s namesake, who was killed during World War I 95 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Senior Airman John Schneider, 460th Contracting Squadron, plays the piano for Air Force Ball attendees during social hour Sept. 27, 2013, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver. This year’s celebration marked the 66th Air Force birthday and paid respects to 1st Lt. John Harold "Buck" Buckley the base’s namesake, who was killed during World War I 95 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Attendees of the Air Force Ball take their seats Sept. 27, 2013, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver. This year’s celebration marked the 66th Air Force birthday and paid respects to 1st Lt. John Harold "Buck" Buckley the base’s namesake, who was killed during World War I 95 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Attendees of the Air Force Ball take their seats Sept. 27, 2013, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver. This year’s celebration marked the 66th Air Force birthday and paid respects to 1st Lt. John Harold "Buck" Buckley the base’s namesake, who was killed during World War I 95 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Attendees of the Air Force Ball toast durring a PWO/MIA observance at the Air Force Ball Sept. 27, 2013, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver. This year’s celebration marked the 66th Air Force birthday and paid respects to 1st Lt. John Harold "Buck" Buckley the base’s namesake, who was killed during World War I 95 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Attendees of the Air Force Ball toast durring a PWO/MIA observance at the Air Force Ball Sept. 27, 2013, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver. This year’s celebration marked the 66th Air Force birthday and paid respects to 1st Lt. John Harold "Buck" Buckley the base’s namesake, who was killed during World War I 95 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force David J. Campanale addresses attendees during the Air Force Ball Sept. 27, 2013, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver. This year’s celebration marked the 66th Air Force birthday and paid respects to 1st Lt. John Harold "Buck" Buckley the base’s namesake, who was killed during World War I 95 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force David J. Campanale addresses attendees during the Air Force Ball Sept. 27, 2013, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver. This year’s celebration marked the 66th Air Force birthday and paid respects to 1st Lt. John Harold "Buck" Buckley the base’s namesake, who was killed during World War I 95 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Col. Dan Wright, 460th Space Wing commander, right, hands a donation to Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force David J. Campanale during the Air Force Ball Sept. 27, 2013, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver. The donation was for the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Scholarship Fund, a college scholarship given to children of enlisted active-duty and retired Airmen. This year’s celebration marked the 66th Air Force birthday and paid respects to 1st Lt. John Harold "Buck" Buckley the base’s namesake, who was killed during World War I 95 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Col. Dan Wright, 460th Space Wing commander, right, hands a donation to Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force David J. Campanale during the Air Force Ball Sept. 27, 2013, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver. The donation was for the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Scholarship Fund, a college scholarship given to children of enlisted active-duty and retired Airmen. This year’s celebration marked the 66th Air Force birthday and paid respects to 1st Lt. John Harold "Buck" Buckley the base’s namesake, who was killed during World War I 95 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

DENVER -- Team Buckley honored the 66th Air Force birthday during an Air Force Ball Sept. 27 at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver.

"The Air Force Ball was awesome," said Col. Dan Wright, 460th Space Wing commander. "We celebrated the heritage of the Air Force and Buckley Air Force Base."

More than 350 people participated in the celebration. The night's events included dinner, a POW/MIA observance, a brief history of Buckley and a speech by retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force David J. Campanale.

"Tonight went off very well," said 1st Lt. Tyrone Martinez, 566th Intelligence Squadron mission manager and Air Force Ball Committee president. "Because all of the hard work everyone put in, I feel like it was a very successful event."
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