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Team Buckley CGOs dedicate time to honor Air Force

1st Lt. Tyrone Martinez, 566th Intelligence Squadron mission manager and Buckley Air Force Ball Committee president, center, speaks to members of the Air Force Ball Committee Sept. 15, 2013, at the Commissary at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. This committee has met for more than eight months to plan the celebration of the Air Force’s 66th birthday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

1st Lt. Tyrone Martinez, 566th Intelligence Squadron mission manager and Buckley Air Force Ball Committee president, center, speaks to members of the Air Force Ball Committee Sept. 15, 2013, at the Commissary at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. This committee has met for more than eight months to plan the celebration of the Air Force’s 66th birthday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- A group of company grade officers have worked to organize an Air Force Tradition - the Air Force Ball.

This year's ball will commemorate the 66th birthday of the Air Force and has been eight months in planning.

"The Air Force Ball is an event that allows us to celebrate, encourage camaraderie and increase morale," said 1st Lt. Tyrone Martinez, 566th Intelligence Squadron mission manager and Buckley Air Force Ball Committee president. "You are being invited by the wing commander of Buckley Air Force Base to celebrate the birthday of the Air Force."

As with every celebration a lot of planning goes into a successful execution, and this year is no different.

"Well over 150 hours to date has gone into the planning of this event," Martinez said. "It is hard work, but someone has to do it."

The Buckley Air Force Ball committee, led by members of the CGO council, has more than 15 members in varying positions of responsibility.

"I devote at least four to five hours each week," said 2nd Lt. David Coyle, 566th IS intelligence officer and ticket sales lead. "I am responsible for organizing, getting the word out and working with different units points of contact across base concerning ticket sales.

"I first got involved after the committee got started and offered help wherever it was needed," he said.

The planning process for the Air Force Ball has taught those involved valuable skills for their Air Force career.

"There is a lot that we get from our operational roles that allow us to do well planning for this kind of event," Coyle said. "The skills involved, whether you are selling tickets or leading operationally, remain the same. You are still directing and motivating people.

"When you get involved with an event like this you will not only draw upon your experience as a leader, but also build on your experience," he added.

For more information or tickets, contact your unit's Air Force Ball representative. Tickets for the Air Force Ball will be on sale until Sept. 23.
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