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CAFB announces Thunderbirds to perform
CAFB announces Thunderbirds to perform
Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 1/16 9:32 pm
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA)-- The Columbus Air Force Base is hosting an open house and air show featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds April 5 and 6.

The show will give the public a chance to see some of the best flying maneuvers in the Air Force. 

"We're going to hold an air show and open house here in April here at the Columbus Air Force Base for the first time since 2010," Col. Jim Sears.

And with those words, Columbus Air Force Base Wing Commander Jim Sears, told a crowd the good news.

"It's free to the public and looking forward to sharing that experience with all of our friends here in the area," Spears said later in a news conference. 

Base officials say this makes CAFB one of 14 Active Duty Air Force bases selected to host the Thunderbirds.

It should be quite an experience as Sears says the Thunderbirds are known around the world for their precision aerial maneuvers.

In fact the base commander says it was the Thunderbirds that led to his choosing to join the Air Force when he was a young boy.

"I got to watch the Thundebirds once. And, that is one of the things that inspired me to serve our nation in the Air Force and to become a pilot in the world's greatest Air Force," said the base commander.

Also on hand at the Base Community council meeting was retired Air Force General Gary North.

North told the audience that the Air Force remains a critical component of the nation's defense as America has been in conflict since the first bomb dropped in Desert Storm back in 1991.

That's why he says it's important for Congress to pass the Omnibus bill now making its way into the U.S. Senate.

"It's critical to provide the support that our military needs as they go forward into next year's budget," said the retired general.

Both Sears and North took advantage of a photo opportunity as they look forward to a base graduation ceremony Friday. 

Retired General North will be the guest speaker at that graduation ceremony.
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