General Mannon: Air show couldn't have happened without community

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  • By Brig. Gen. O.G. Mannon
  • 82nd Training Wing commander
It's only fitting that the event Sheppard Air Force Base holds to say "thank you" to the local community couldn't have happened without the support of the community.

 In spite of the weather, this year's Open House and Air Show at Sheppard was a big success, thanks in part to our outstanding air acts, awesome ground attractions and great concessions. And certainly our team of military and civilian volunteers did an amazing job planning and organizing the event. 

But like everything we do here at Sheppard, it wouldn't have been successful without the support of the North Texas community. 

For example, local businesses and organizations contributed more than $125,000 through sponsorship agreements, services and donations. Without that support, it would not have been possible to bring the great acts and attractions to Sheppard. Thanks to all of our sponsors and donors. 

Just as important was the support and cooperation of the local city and county governments and agencies. Even something as basic as managing the traffic doesn't happen without a partnership between the base and the city, and we're grateful to all those who helped make it happen during the air show, and all year long. 

Most important of all, thanks to all of you who braved the unusually cold and wet weather to come out and enjoy the show. We put on this event so you have an opportunity to come out and see your Air Force first hand, and meet the young women and men who serve. We hope you left knowing that we are proud to serve our nation, and just as proud to be doing it here in North Texas--the world's best military community.