55 people, military and civilians, attended the first Texoma All-Services Military Ball at the Wichita Falls Country Club Saturday night.
Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Greg Findlay said he’s happy to have so much support for year one.
“This is our launch. This is a good turnout for our launch and so we are very happy with this turnout,” Findlay said.
Findlay explained years ago, an event similar to Saturday’s was held; but after some time, it ceased to exist. Until now, there wasn’t any major event in Texoma to celebrate all branches of the military.
Findlay said now was as good a time as ever to bring back an all-service ball.
“And Texoma includes Lawton and Fort Sill and Altus. “So, that’s what we were trying do,” said Findlay.
The net proceeds from the ball will go toward four military organizations assisting veterans, which another of the event’s organizers, Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Larry Petrash, said he and many veterans are grateful for.
“People say to me: ‘Thank you for your service.’ But, it’s even more meaningful when they come out and they show through their actions how much they support and be a part of what we do as veterans,” Petrash said.
And someone familiar with military happenings was the guest of honor and speaker at the ball: 13th District Congressman Mac Thornberry. The congressman, who becomes a ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee in January said he’s honored by the invitation.
“Having the opportunity to represent this area with so much military presence and so much pride in our military, makes me want to want to contribute however I can,” said Thornberry.
And contributing is what the congressman and the two retired lieutenant colonels say is what is worth saluting.
A second military ball is being planned for May of 2019.