Having a ball: Team Buckley celebrates Air Force's 70th

Buckley members and their spouses gathered in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force becoming its own branch of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

Gen. Jay Raymond, Air Force Space Command commander, delivers a speech to members of Team Buckley during Team Buckley’s 2017 Air Force Ball September 15, 2017, at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. Raymond was the guest speaker of the night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

Buckley members and their spouses gathered in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force becoming its own branch of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

Col. David Miller, Jr., 460th Space Wing commander, and Airman 1st Class Jiya Green, 460th Medical Support Squadron medical records technician, cut the first slice of cake during Team Buckley’s 70th Air Force Ball September 15, 2017, at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. Buckley members and their spouses gathered in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force becoming its own branch of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

Buckley members and their spouses gathered in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force becoming its own branch of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

Buckley chief master sergeants set the POW/MIA table during Team Buckley’s 70th Air Force Ball September 15, 2017, at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. Buckley members and their spouses gathered in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force becoming its own branch of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

Buckley members and their spouses gathered in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force becoming its own branch of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

Tech. Sgt. William, 2nd Space Warning Squadron flight chief, sings the National Anthem during Team Buckley’s 70th Air Force Ball September 15, 2017, at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. Buckley members and their spouses gathered in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force becoming its own branch of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

Buckley members and their spouses gathered in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force becoming its own branch of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Rod Lindsey, 460th Space Wing command chief, and Master Sgt. Stacy Lindsey, 460th Medical Support Squadron superintendent, introduce themselves to Team Buckley members in the receiving line prior to the 70th Air Force Ball September 15, 2017, at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. Buckley members and their spouses gathered in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force becoming its own branch of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

Buckley members and their spouses gathered in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force becoming its own branch of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

A couple share a kiss while having fun in the photo booth during Team Buckley’s 70th Air Force Ball September 15, 2017, at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. Buckley members and their spouses gathered in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force becoming its own branch of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

Buckley members and their spouses gathered in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force becoming its own branch of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

Team Buckley members stand in line as they wait to get into the 70th Air Force Ball hosted by Buckley Air Force Base September 15, 2017, at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. Buckley members and their spouses gathered in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force becoming its own branch of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

Buckley members and their spouses gathered in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force becoming its own branch of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

Col. David Miller, Jr., 460th Space Wing commander, greets a Team Buckley member in the receiving line prior to the 70th Air Force Ball September 15, 2017, at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. Buckley members and their spouses gathered in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force becoming its own branch of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

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