By SSgt Jeremy Carles, ANG Band of the Northeast
/ Published March 25, 2018
On Feb. 9, 2018, the Air Force Enlisted Village celebrated its 50th anniversary and High Altitude from the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast was there to help them celebrate.
The event, attended by several hundred people, featured speeches by community members and military dignitaries. Following dinner, High Altitude took the stage with an inspired performance by High Altitude, the unit’s rock band. The crown danced the night away to a array songs ranging from Motown to modern hits.
The setting for the evening’s festivities was the ballroom of the Soundside Inn on the grounds of Hurlburt Field Air Force Base, Headquarters of the Air Force Special Operations Command, located in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
As members of the 193rd Special Operations Wing, based in Middletown, Pa., the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast is often tasked with supporting AFSOC events and ceremonies.
Distinguished guests for the evening included Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright, who gave the keynote speech, and Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, AFSOC Commander.
CMSAF Wright kicked off the dancing portion of the evening with a first dance and chose a member of the Enlisted Village to join him. The band serenaded the duo with the jazz standard My Funny Valentine.
Founded in 1968, the mission of the Air Force Enlisted Village is to provide a home for surviving spouses of retired U.S. Air Force personnel. The home is located in Shalimar, Florida.
The mission of the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast is to provide music to military and civilian communities in order to instill patriotism, maintain tradition, represent the militia heritage at its finest, and to promote pride in oneself, one's unit.