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139th Airlift Wing celebrates quadrennial Military Ball

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Scott Rice (right), director of the Air National Guard, and his wife Nancy Rice, speak at the 139th Airlift Wing Military Ball, at the St. Joseph Civic Arena, St. Joseph, Mo., July 8, 2017. Gen. Rice was the keynote speaker of the event. Earlier in the day he had the chance to tour Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, meet with commanders and spend time talking with Airmen around the base. (Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Scott Rice (right), director of the Air National Guard, and his wife Nancy Rice, speak at the 139th Airlift Wing Military Ball, at the St. Joseph Civic Arena, St. Joseph, Mo., July 8, 2017. Gen. Rice was the keynote speaker of the event. Earlier in the day he had the chance to tour Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, meet with commanders and spend time talking with Airmen around the base. (Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

Airmen assigned to the Missouri Air National Guard’s 139th Airlift Wing stand for a moment of silence during the wing’s military ball in St. Joseph, Mo., July 8, 2017. The ball was held at the Civic Arena and the theme was ‘eclipse the night.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Michael Crane)

Airmen assigned to the Missouri Air National Guard’s 139th Airlift Wing stand for a moment of silence during the wing’s military ball in St. Joseph, Mo., July 8, 2017. The ball was held at the Civic Arena and the theme was ‘eclipse the night.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Michael Crane)

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. --
Airmen from Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, Mo., celebrated 70 years of Air Force history July 8th at the “Eclipse the Night” quadrennial Military Ball, held at the Civic Arena in St. Joseph, Mo.

The ball is an annual celebration held in honor of the day the Air Force became a separate branch of service. It is an Air Force-wide event that allows for the remembrance of all the Air Force's trials and triumphs throughout the years.

This year's event included a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action tribute, and speeches from Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, Director, Air National Guard and his wife Nancy.

Gen. Rice praised the 139th Airlift Wing for maintaining a strong military and civic-minded community.

Nancy recognized the families of military members for all of their efforts and sacrifices that allow the Air National Guard to be strong and continue their missions.