USAA The Alamo Chapter of the
Bank of America Military Bank
Air Force Association
Air Force Federal Credit Union and the
AGE Refining 37th Training Wing
Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.
Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union presents
Apollo Gate Operators, Inc.
San Antonio Federal Credit Union
Karta Technologies, Inc.
Eisenhower National Bank
Security Service Federal Credit Union
Air Force Village Foundation
2005 Birthday Ball Planning Committee
Col Bonnie Lind, 2Lt Corey Everage, MSgt Ronney Isham,
MSgt Michael Kent, MSgt Shelia Meola, MSgt Richard Moses,
MSgt Charles Rivera, TSgt Carlo Franco, TSgt “Yogi” Ybarra,
SSgt Jovanda Dew, SSgt Heather Miller, SSgt Jennifer Sawyer,
Ms. Charlene Keen and the 37th Training Wing Protocol Staff 17 September 2005
Thank you to everyone who made this Gateway Club
Air Force Birthday Ball a success
Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
Air Force Song
The Air Force Association (AFA) is an independent, non-
Off we go into the wild blue yonder,
profit, civilian organization promoting understanding of
aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security
of the nation. Climbing high into the sun;
Founded in 1962, the AFA Alamo Chapter 234 is Here they come zooming to meet our
celebrating the Air Force’s 58th birthday. The Chapter Thunder,
represents all San Antonio Air Force organizations with
additional representatives from the San Antonio Chamber of
At ‘em boys, Give ‘er the gun!
Commerce, Air Force Village, and Arnold Air Society. It is
the largest AFA Chapter in the world with more than
4,000 members. Membership is open to everyone, military (Give ‘er the gun!)
Down we dive, spouting our flame from under,
Annually, the Alamo Chapter sponsors numerous programs
to honor area base military and civilian employees. They Off with one helluva roar!
provide scholarships for Alamo AFA members’ immediate
family members, AFROTC cadets, JROTC students and
CCAF graduates. Along with scholarships, they sponsor the We live in fame or go down in flame.
Visions of Exploration programs for middle school
classrooms and an essay contest for high school seniors. Hey!
Alamo Chapter members have been recognized for their
outstanding accomplishments with AFA awards at the local, Nothing’ll stop the U.S. Air Force!
state, and national levels. Other members within the
chapter have held or currently hold Texas and National AFA
POW/MIA TRIBUTE 37th Training Wing
The small table at the front has been placed there for our
POW/MIAs. The items on the table represent various aspects of
Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
courageous men and women still missing. The Air Force first established the 37th Training Wing on 3 March 1953,
designated as the 37th Fighter-Bomber Wing. Its first major combat mission
was during military buildup launched by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to
This table set for four is small, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner encourage the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to settle on a truce to
alone against their oppressors. end the Korean War.
The table cloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their response to In October 1966, the wing was reactivated as the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing
our country’s call to arms. and in March 1967, its first operational duty came during a three-year
combat assignment in South Vietnam. In 1981, after an 11-year
inactivation, the wing was activated at George AFB, California, flying F-4G
The empty chair depicts an unknown face, representing no specific Wild Weasel aircraft. In October 1989, the wing transferred to the Air
soldier, marine, sailor, or airman, but all who are not here with us. Force's high security Tonapah Test Range in Nevada to bring the hitherto
secret F-117 Stealth Fighter into operational configuration. The wing
The table is round, to show that our concern for them is never ending. accomplished that task in time for its aircraft and crews to serve in the
Persian Gulf War. The wing was inactivated on 8 July 1992. On 1 July
1993, it was activated as the 37th Training Wing at Lackland AFB as a
The Bible represents faith in a higher power and the pledge to our training wing.
country, founded as one nation under God.
The 37th Training Wing is the largest training wing in the Air Force. It
The black napkin stands for the emptiness these warriors have left in provides basic military, professional and technical skills, and English
language training for the Air Force, other military services, government
the hearts of their families and friends. agencies, and allies. It also provides technical, professional, and
management courses in Spanish. To accomplish this the wing is comprised
The single red rose in a vase reminds us of their families and loved of four training groups and one of the largest mission support groups in the
ones; the red ribbon tied represents the love of our country which Air Force. The 737th Training Group provides basic military training for all
inspired them to answer the nation’s call. enlisted personnel entering the Air Force, the Air Force Reserve and the Air
National Guard, graduating over 45,000 annually. The 37th Training Group
conducts 380 technical training courses in a wide array of base
The yellow candle and its ribbon symbolize the everlasting hope support/combat support functions, military discipline and physical fitness for
for a joyous reunion with those yet unaccounted for. more than 38,000 students per year. The Defense Language Institute
English Language Center conducts English training with an annual
A slice of lemon is on the bread plate to remind us of their bitter fate. graduation rate of approximately 2,200 international and U.S. military
students. The Inter-American Air Forces Academy conducts almost 50
technical, professional and management courses in Spanish for almost 1,000
There is salt upon the plate, symbolic of the families’ tears as they students a year from the armed forces and governmental agencies of up to
wait. 18 Latin American countries. The 37th Mission Support Group is the largest
mission support group in the continental United States and with its 4,800
The wine glasses turned upside down, reminds us that our personnel, and seven squadrons provide services that enhance the morale
and welfare of all personnel assigned to Team Lackland.
distinguished comrades cannot be with us to drink a toast or join in
the festivities this evening.
SEQUENCE OF EVENTS General William R. Looney III
Cocktails General William R. Looney III is
Commander, Air Education and
Opening Remarks Training Command, Randolph Air
Arrival of Head Table Force Base, Texas. As commander,
Presentation of Colors he is responsible for the recruiting,
National Anthem training and education of Air Force
Pledge of Allegiance people. His command includes the
Introductions Air Force Recruiting Service, two
numbered air forces and Air
POW/MIA Tribute University. Air Education and
Invocation Training Command consists of 13
Dinner bases, with more than 66,000 active-
Birthday Cake Presentation duty members and 15,000 civilians.
The USAF Band of the West Performance General Looney graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1972,
where he commanded the cadet wing in his senior year. The general
Guest Speaker has commanded a flight, a fighter squadron, two fighter wings, an air
(General William R. Looney III) expeditionary force, a military college, a warfare center, a numbered
Video Presentation air force and two acquisition centers.
Air Force Song General Looney flew 62 combat hours in the F-15 in support of
Dancing Operation Southern Watch and commanded Joint Task Force 86-2 in
support of Operation Uphold Democracy. He is a command pilot
with more than 3,900 flying hours, including 2,500 hours in the F-15.
Grilled Chicken & Medallions of Beef Tenderloin
Twice Baked Potatoes
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Defense Superior
Broccoli Spears with Butter
Tossed Green Salad Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Defense
Fresh Hot Rolls & Butter Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service
Birthday Cake Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Medal, Aerial Achievement
Iced Tea Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air
Coffee Force Achievement Medal, Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf
cluster, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian
Vegetarian Plate – Vegetarian Lasagna Service Medal, and the Air and Space Campaign Medal.