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Keesler celebrates Air Force's birthday

U.S. Air Force Retired Col. Randy Newcome and Airman 1st Class Josh Lentz, 81st Training Support Squadron command support staff, participate in a cake cutting ceremony during the Keesler Air Force Ball inside the Golden Nugget Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, Sept. 18, 2021. The event, which celebrated the Air Force’s 74th birthday, also included a POW/MIA table ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Retired Col. Randy Newcome and Airman 1st Class Josh Lentz, 81st Training Support Squadron command support staff, participate in a cake cutting ceremony during the Keesler Air Force Ball inside the Golden Nugget Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, Sept. 18, 2021. The event, which celebrated the Air Force’s 74th birthday, also included a POW/MIA table ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the Keesler Air Force Base Honor Guard perform a POW/MIA table ceremony during the Keesler Air Force Ball inside the Golden Nugget Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, Sept. 18, 2021. The event, which celebrated the Air Force�s 74th birthday, also included a cake cutting ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the Keesler Air Force Base Honor Guard perform a POW/MIA table ceremony during the Keesler Air Force Ball inside the Golden Nugget Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, Sept. 18, 2021. The event, which celebrated the Air Force�s 74th birthday, also included a cake cutting ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. William Hunter, 81st Training Wing commander, delivers remarks while Chief Master Sgt. Sarah Esparza, 81st TRW command chief, stands by during the Keesler Air Force Ball inside the Golden Nugget Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, Sept. 18, 2021. The event, which celebrated the Air Force�s 74th birthday, also included a cake cutting ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. William Hunter, 81st Training Wing commander, delivers remarks while Chief Master Sgt. Sarah Esparza, 81st TRW command chief, stands by during the Keesler Air Force Ball inside the Golden Nugget Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, Sept. 18, 2021. The event, which celebrated the Air Force�s 74th birthday, also included a cake cutting ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Retired Maj. Gen. James Martin, Mississippi State University associate vice president for corporate engagement and economic development, delivers remarks during the Keesler Air Force Ball inside the Golden Nugget Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, Sept. 18, 2021. The event, which celebrated the Air Force�s 74th birthday, also included a cake cutting ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Retired Maj. Gen. James Martin, Mississippi State University associate vice president for corporate engagement and economic development, delivers remarks during the Keesler Air Force Ball inside the Golden Nugget Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, Sept. 18, 2021. The event, which celebrated the Air Force�s 74th birthday, also included a cake cutting ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler personnel participate in a toasting ceremony during the Keesler Air Force Ball inside the Golden Nugget Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, Sept. 18, 2021. The event, which celebrated the Air Force�s 74th birthday, also included a cake cutting ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler personnel participate in a toasting ceremony during the Keesler Air Force Ball inside the Golden Nugget Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, Sept. 18, 2021. The event, which celebrated the Air Force�s 74th birthday, also included a cake cutting ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler personnel attend the Keesler Air Force Ball inside the Golden Nugget Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, Sept. 18, 2021. The event, which celebrated the Air Force�s 74th birthday, also included a cake cutting ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler personnel attend the Keesler Air Force Ball inside the Golden Nugget Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, Sept. 18, 2021. The event, which celebrated the Air Force�s 74th birthday, also included a cake cutting ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

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