NOTICE -  Feb 14, 2017
The message is from 55th Wing CC via Chief of Protocol.
Specific details of date, venue, etc., TBD  and will be released as they develop.
Please pass to your posses for widest dissemination.    VO, Max

From: mark.borytsky@us.af.mil
Sent: 2/13/2017 11:33:29 A.M. Central Standard Time
Subj: Ball Announcement

     FYI, Ball announcement from Col Reynolds.

Fightin' Fifty-Fifth,
Thirty-nine years ago, Brigadier General Urschler, a 55th Wing legend, started the long-running tradition of celebrating our wing's birthday with a ball.  This is a huge event.  In fact, last year's ball saw over 750 military members, spouses, retirees and distinguished guests in attendance.  Customarily, this celebration occurs in the spring and also includes a Heritage Week, "Tales of the Fightin' Fifty-Fifth" and a 55th Wing Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.  However, this year we also have a very special Service milestone right around the corner-the 70th birthday of the United States Air Force.  Our folks want to do something special to mark this Air Force milestone, while also retaining the distinct, enduring recognition of the 55th Wing's birthday.  In order to commemorate both milestones and do it right, 
we are going to move the 55th Wing Birthday Ball and our traditional Heritage Week events to September.  This is different than years past, but in great Offutt fashion, we'll make this outstanding!  It also gives our Ball Committee additional time to make the event financially accessible to all our Airmen.  We want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy a big, traditional military ball and to celebrate our heritage.
"Ski" -  Mark J. Borytsky,  Chief, 55th Wing Protocol,  Offutt AFB, Nebraska
          Work:  402-294-5797      Cell:  402-212-9612


The 55th Wing will hold its 38th annual Birthday Ball, Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center in LaVista.  The gala event is open to all active duty ranks and civilian members of the wing, retirees, and by invitation to local dignitaries. The Ball is the Wing’s largest annual formal social function. Last year over 800 people attended.
The event will be hosted by Colonel Marty Reynolds, 55
th Wing Commander, and his wife, Deanna.

(LOGO here)

The Birthday Ball was originated by then-Colonel (now, BrigGen-Retired) Regis F. A. Urschler, commander of the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, in January 1979. His idea was to connect the wing’s heritage to the active duty personnel and missions. That tradition continues even today.

The Ball celebrates the 75
h anniversary of its founding, and 50 years at Offutt AFB. The unit recognizes its roots from the activation of the 55th Pursuit Group at Hamilton Field, CA, in January 1941, during World War II. Then its heritage through the 55th Reconnaissance Group, which stood up at MacDill Field, FL, in Strategic Air Command in February 1947; the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing
 from 1950 to 1992, at Barksdale AFB, LA; Ramey AFB, PR; Forbes AFB, KS;
and at Offutt AFB, NE, from 1966 up to the present.

This year’s theme is “HISTORY-HERITAGE-HONOR” recognizing the storied history of the Wing and the unity of the men and women who have performed, and continue to execute, the many and varied missions the Wing operates worldwide in support of both peacetime and in the war on terrorism.

1Lt Meagan Kusel of the 55th Maintenance Operations Sqd, leads the Ball Committee, ably assisted by MSgt Timothy Coenen and SMSgt Jonathan Jenkins, and is made up of personnel from a cross-section of the Wing’s units.

Admiral Cecil Haney, commander of STRATCOM, is this year's guest speaker. Dave Webber, a well-known personality from WOW-TV in Omaha, is being sought to act as the master of ceremonies for the event. Mr. Webber served in the Air Force at Offutt with the SAC Elite Guard before starting his broadcast career.

Other items on the program include appropriate military ceremonies; induction of new members into the 55th Wing Hall of Fame; presentation of the 55th Wing Association Award for Excellence; and the traditional cutting of the birthday cake by a senior member in attendance, and the youngest member of the Wing.

There will be dancing to the Heartland of American Band, after the ceremonies to wind up the evening.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony and Tales of the Fifty-Fifth will be scheduled
for the afternoon of Friday, 20 May, times and places TBD.

  The first cake cutting in 1979
The ceremonial cake, MC Dave Webber (at podium), BGen Don Bacon, Lt.Col. Pete Potter (USAF Ret), and A1C Hinostraza Mariah, 55th Strategic Communications Squadron   L to R: former 55th SRW commanders: Col Joe Church, then-MGen, George Miller, former CINSAC, Retired General Russell Daugherty, and the serving 55th Commander then-Col Regis Urschler



                      Master of Ceremonies  -  Dave Webber
              Former Sports Director ,  WOWT Channel 6, Omaha

One of the most familiar faces and voices in the
Omaha community is that of former Sports Director Dave Webber. In demand as a speaker, emcee, and genial host, he was a popular television figure in the area since 1978.
Dave started his broadcast career as a disc jockey for KLNG Radio,  and has also performed professionally as a folk singer. He joined KFAB Radio  in 1970 then moved to Sioux City in 1973 to cover sports news for KMEG-TV.  He returned to Omaha in 1977 to do the same for KMTV.
        After serving in the
U.S. Air Force (he was a SAC Elite Guard ), Dave attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He was born in Evanston, Illinois, is married with three children, David, Marcie, and Joel,  and enjoys singing, acting, and golf. Dave was the Sports Director for WOWT from 1978 till 2009. He thinks sports reporting  is "fun", and that sense of fun comes through when he anchored the sports on the Channel 6 News.


 2017 Guest Speaker