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Keesler renames Sablich Auditorium in honor of George Budz

An attendee takes a picture during the Sablich Center Auditorium room dedication ceremony for George Budz inside the Sablich Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Oct. 31, 2019. The auditorium has been renamed after Budz who passed away Aug. 3, 2018. Budz served as the 81st Contracting Squadron commander, the 81st Mission Support Group deputy commander and worked nine years in civil service after he retired as a lieutenant colonel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Suzie Plotnikov)

An attendee takes a picture during the Sablich Center Auditorium room dedication ceremony for George Budz inside the Sablich Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Oct. 31, 2019. The auditorium has been renamed after Budz who passed away Aug. 3, 2018. Budz served as the 81st Contracting Squadron commander, the 81st Mission Support Group deputy commander and worked nine years in civil service after he retired as a lieutenant colonel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Suzie Plotnikov)

Family members of George Budz pose for a photo after the Sablich Center Auditorium room dedication ceremony inside the Sablich Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Oct. 31, 2019. The Sablich Center Auditorium has been renamed after Budz who passed away Aug. 3, 2018. Budz served as the 81st Contracting Squadron commander, the 81st Mission Support Group deputy commander and worked nine years in civil service after he retired as a lieutenant colonel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Suzie Plotnikov)

Family members of George Budz pose for a photo after the Sablich Center Auditorium room dedication ceremony inside the Sablich Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Oct. 31, 2019. The Sablich Center Auditorium has been renamed after Budz who passed away Aug. 3, 2018. Budz served as the 81st Contracting Squadron commander, the 81st Mission Support Group deputy commander and worked nine years in civil service after he retired as a lieutenant colonel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Suzie Plotnikov)

A plaque is displayed during the Sablich Center Auditorium room dedication ceremony for George Budz inside the Sablich Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Oct. 31, 2019. The auditorium has been renamed after Budz who passed away Aug. 3, 2018. Budz served as the 81st Contracting Squadron commander, the 81st Mission Support Group deputy commander and worked nine years in civil service after he retired as a lieutenant colonel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Suzie Plotnikov)

A plaque is displayed during the Sablich Center Auditorium room dedication ceremony for George Budz inside the Sablich Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Oct. 31, 2019. The auditorium has been renamed after Budz who passed away Aug. 3, 2018. Budz served as the 81st Contracting Squadron commander, the 81st Mission Support Group deputy commander and worked nine years in civil service after he retired as a lieutenant colonel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Suzie Plotnikov)

Family members, coworkers and friends of George Budz sit  during the Sablich Center Auditorium room dedication ceremony for Budz inside the Sablich Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Oct. 31, 2019. The auditorium has been renamed after Budz who passed away Aug. 3, 2018. Budz served as the 81st Contracting Squadron commander, the 81st Mission Support Group deputy commander and worked nine years in civil service after he retired as a lieutenant colonel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Suzie Plotnikov)

Family members, coworkers and friends of George Budz sit during the Sablich Center Auditorium room dedication ceremony for Budz inside the Sablich Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Oct. 31, 2019. The auditorium has been renamed after Budz who passed away Aug. 3, 2018. Budz served as the 81st Contracting Squadron commander, the 81st Mission Support Group deputy commander and worked nine years in civil service after he retired as a lieutenant colonel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Suzie Plotnikov)

U.S. Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) John Reutemann, 81st Training Wing chaplain, gives remarks during the Sablich Center Auditorium room dedication ceremony for George Budz inside the Sablich Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Oct. 31, 2019. The auditorium has been renamed after Budz who passed away Aug. 3, 2018. Budz served as the 81st Contracting Squadron commander, the 81st Mission Support Group deputy commander and worked nine years in civil service after he retired as a lieutenant colonel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Suzie Plotnikov)

U.S. Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) John Reutemann, 81st Training Wing chaplain, gives remarks during the Sablich Center Auditorium room dedication ceremony for George Budz inside the Sablich Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Oct. 31, 2019. The auditorium has been renamed after Budz who passed away Aug. 3, 2018. Budz served as the 81st Contracting Squadron commander, the 81st Mission Support Group deputy commander and worked nine years in civil service after he retired as a lieutenant colonel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Suzie Plotnikov)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Bruce Hebert, 81st Contracting Squadron commander, gives remarks during the Sablich Center Auditorium room dedication ceremony for George Budz inside the Sablich Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Oct. 31, 2019. The auditorium has been renamed after Budz who passed away Aug. 3, 2018. Budz served as the 81st CONS commander, the 81st Mission Support Group deputy commander and worked nine years in civil service after he retired as a lieutenant colonel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Suzie Plotnikov)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Bruce Hebert, 81st Contracting Squadron commander, gives remarks during the Sablich Center Auditorium room dedication ceremony for George Budz inside the Sablich Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Oct. 31, 2019. The auditorium has been renamed after Budz who passed away Aug. 3, 2018. Budz served as the 81st CONS commander, the 81st Mission Support Group deputy commander and worked nine years in civil service after he retired as a lieutenant colonel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Suzie Plotnikov)

The 81st Contracting Squadron color guard presents the colors during the Sablich Center Auditorium room dedication ceremony for George Budz inside the Sablich Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Oct. 31, 2019. The auditorium has been renamed after Budz who passed away Aug. 3, 2018. Budz served as the 81st CONS commander, the 81st Mission Support Group deputy commander and worked nine years in civil service after he retired as a lieutenant colonel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Suzie Plotnikov)

The 81st Contracting Squadron color guard presents the colors during the Sablich Center Auditorium room dedication ceremony for George Budz inside the Sablich Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Oct. 31, 2019. The auditorium has been renamed after Budz who passed away Aug. 3, 2018. Budz served as the 81st CONS commander, the 81st Mission Support Group deputy commander and worked nine years in civil service after he retired as a lieutenant colonel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Suzie Plotnikov)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

Friends, family and members from Keesler Air Force Base gathered inside the Sablich Center Auditorium Oct. 31, for a room dedication ceremony in honor of George Budz.

Budz served as the director of business operations at the 81st Contracting Squadron when he passed away Aug. 3, 2018.

“I was here when he was our squadron commander, and then our director of business operations,” said Davina Davis, 81st CONS acquisitions flight chief. “When I became the flight chief, he became my direct supervisor and that’s when we got closer. He was a good guy and was always willing to help everybody.”

Budz had a long history with Keesler, where he served as the 81st CONS commander, the 81st Mission Support Group deputy commander and worked nine years in civil service after he retired as a lieutenant colonel.

“He had so much contracting and life knowledge, and he was always willing to share that with all of us,” said Davis.

There are many things his friends and family have missed since he passed away. Most of them have said the same thing: they miss being able to ask for good advice.

“It’s been hard since he passed,” said Paul Budz, George’s son. “He was such a big part of my support structure and for me it’s hard because I always went to him and asked for his experience in college and to get his perspective.”

During the ceremony, the room was filled with laughter as friends and family members told some of their best memories with Budz.

“I had to hold back tears during the ceremony,” said Paul. “It’s honestly crazy hearing people talk because all of the ways people described him really characterized my dad.”

While they never expected a room dedication for Budz, his friends, family and coworkers all felt honored and proud.

“I’m very proud of my dad,” said Paul. “It just shows that my dad was not only a really hard worker, but he was a good person. That’s what’s really special.”