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Team Kingsley hosts first local Military Ball to honor heritage

Kingsley Military Ball 2020

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Charles Trinchitella and his wife Ainslee enter through a presentation of sabers held by the local Junior ROTC cadets during the first Kingsley Field Military Ball held in Klamath Falls, Oregon January 11, 2020. Airmen from the 173rd Fighter Wing and their families had the opportunity to attend this event that honored the history and heritage of the unit. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar)

Kingsley Military Ball 2020

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Lee Lawson, 173rd Mission Support Group, holds a light for Chief Master Sgt. Henry Ivy, 173rd Maintenance Group and event manager, as he thanks the Airmen who assisted with coordinating the first Kingsley Field Military Ball held in Klamath Falls, Oregon January 11, 2020. Airmen from the 173rd Fighter Wing and their families had the opportunity to attend this event that honored the history and heritage of the unit. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar)

Kingsley Military Ball 2020

U.S. Air Force Colonel Jeff Edwards, 173rd Fighter Wing commander, and Airman First Class Hannah Whitlatch, the most junior Airmen at the event, cut the cake during the first Kingsley Field Military Ball held in Klamath Falls, Oregon January 11, 2020. Airmen from the 173rd Fighter Wing and their families had the opportunity to attend this event that honored the history and heritage of the unit. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar)

Kingsley Military Ball 2020

Retired U.S. Air Force Major General Stephen Goldfein, the guest speaker for the first Kingsley Field Military Ball, reads a letter from his brother, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein, in Klamath Falls, Oregon January 11, 2020. Airmen from the 173rd Fighter Wing and their families had the opportunity to attend this event that honored the history and heritage of the unit. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar)

Kingsley Military Ball 2020

Retired U.S. Air Force Major General Stephen Goldfein, the guest speaker for the first Kingsley Field Military Balls, shares his thoughts on the importance of heritage during the event held in Klamath Falls, Oregon January 11, 2020. Airmen from the 173rd Fighter Wing and their families had the opportunity to attend this event that honored the history and heritage of the unit. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar)

Kingsley Military Ball 2020

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Dominic Ingle, 173rd Fighter Wing command chief, makes a toast during the first Kingsley Field Military Ball held in Klamath Falls, Oregon January 11, 2020. Airmen from the 173rd Fighter Wing and their families had the opportunity to attend this event that honored the history and heritage of the unit. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar)

Kingsley Military Ball 2020

U.S. Air Force Colonel Jeff Edwards, 173rd Fighter Wing commander, shares his thoughts on the importance of the event during the first Kingsley Field Military Ball held in Klamath Falls, Oregon January 11, 2020. Airmen from the 173rd Fighter Wing and their families had the opportunity to attend this event that honored the history and heritage of the unit. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar)

Kingsley Military Ball 2020

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Marc Hawthorne, 173rd Maintenance Group, sings the National Anthem during the first Kingsley Field Military Ball held in Klamath Falls, Oregon January 11, 2020. Airmen from the 173rd Fighter Wing and their families had the opportunity to attend this event that honored the history and heritage of the unit. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar)

Kingsley Military Ball 2020

The Kingsley Field Honor Guard presents the colors as the National Anthem is sung during the first Kingsley Field Military Ball held in Klamath Falls, Oregon January 11, 2020. Airmen from the 173rd Fighter Wing and their families had the opportunity to attend this event that honored the history and heritage of the unit. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar)

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Airmen from Kingsley Field came together and hosted the first, local Military Ball January 10, 2020 at the Running Y Ranch Resort. 

During the event, guest speaker, retired Maj. Gen. Steven Goldfein, shared a request from his younger brother, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein: “Pull a G for me.” While the ball was a formal event, both Maj. Gen. Goldfein’s words along with emcees Master Sergeant Lee Lawson and Senior Airman Marc Hawthorne’s narration combined to lend an intimate and light-hearted feel to the evening’s festivities.

What began as the brain-child of Chief Master Sgt. Dominic Ingle, 173rd Fighter Wing command chief, and Chief Master Sgt. Henry Ivy, 173rd Maintenance Group, nearly a year ago culminated in a night of excellent food, camaraderie, and dancing at the Running Y.

Ingle noted that the state’s military ball is difficult for Kingsley members to attend because of the travel required, particularly for its youngest Airmen; he wanted to offer an opportunity to all airmen to attend something local.

“We needed to do something for Kingsley Airmen, by our Kingsley Airmen,” Ingle said. “We aren’t corporate – we are the profession of arms. This was a chance to show, all the way to our most junior Airmen, what that means.”

Ivy was tapped to lead the endeavor because of his past experiences orchestrating military balls at his former duty assignments. He assembled a team of over 30 volunteers that planned and coordinated the ball over a period of four months.

Ivy says he has received nothing but positive feedback about the event; multiple people commented to him that it was the best military event they’ve ever attended.

“The military isn’t just a job, it’s about our heritage,” added Ivy.  “This wasn’t just an event to attend because it’s something you had to do for work, it was a chance to appreciate our brothers and sisters in arms and our military heritage.”

More than 200 Airmen and their families attended the event, each decked out in their finest attire. As

Hawthorne pointed out, “I only see some of you on the flight line, and wow, you clean up good!”

The venue was decorated to commemorate both the wing namesake 1st Lt. David R. Kingsley and the 1940s era. 173rd FW Commander Colonel Jeff Edwards remarked that the event was a celebration of Kingsley Field’s heritage, and Maj. Gen. Goldfein commended how the wing embraces its history.

Wing leadership has committed to ensuring heritage events occur annually for Team Kingsley Airmen; the intent is to host a military ball as that heritage event every other year. The next ball is tentatively scheduled during the September 2021 Air Force birthday celebration.