Base, city celebrate Armed Forces Day

Jesse Shuman, Angel Vizcaino and Nathan Driver, Wyoming Youth Challenge Program cadets sit in the cockpit of a UH-1N Huey Bell Helicopter at the Armed Forces Day celebration at the Frontier Mall in Cheyenne, Wyo., May 19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jason Wiese)

Jesse Shuman, Angel Vizcaino and Nathan Driver, Wyoming Youth Challenge Program cadets sit in the cockpit of a UH-1N Huey Bell Helicopter at the Armed Forces Day celebration at the Frontier Mall in Cheyenne, Wyo., May 19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jason Wiese)

Nathaniel House, a Cheyenne, Wyo., resident, sits in the turret of a Humvee during the Armed Forces Day celebration at the Frontier Mall in Cheyenne, Wyo., May 19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jason Wiese)

Nathaniel House, a Cheyenne, Wyo., resident, sits in the turret of a Humvee during the Armed Forces Day celebration at the Frontier Mall in Cheyenne, Wyo., May 19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jason Wiese)

Lynxford Schroeder, son of Master Sgt. Randy Schroeder, 90th Maintenance Operations Squadron NCO-in-charge of power-refrigeration-electrical laboratory, operates a fire hose with the help of Senior Airman Adrian Chevrez, 90th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter driver operator at the Armed Forces Day celebration at the Frontier Mall in Cheyenne, Wyo., May 19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jason Wiese)

Lynxford Schroeder, son of Master Sgt. Randy Schroeder, 90th Maintenance Operations Squadron NCO-in-charge of power-refrigeration-electrical laboratory, operates a fire hose with the help of Senior Airman Adrian Chevrez, 90th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter driver operator at the Armed Forces Day celebration at the Frontier Mall in Cheyenne, Wyo., May 19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jason Wiese)

Wyoming Governor Matt Meade delivers comments during the Armed Forces Day kickoff May 18, in the Wyoming Capitol rotunda as Col. Christopher Coffelt, 90th Missile Wing commander, looks on. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matt Bilden)

Wyoming Governor Matt Meade delivers comments during the Armed Forces Day kickoff May 18, in the Wyoming Capitol rotunda as Col. Christopher Coffelt, 90th Missile Wing commander, looks on. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matt Bilden)

Irene Johnigan, Air Force Association Cheyenne Cowboy Chapter 357 president, addresses the AFA’s Armed Forces Day Banquet in the Cheyenne Holiday Inn May 18. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

Irene Johnigan, Air Force Association Cheyenne Cowboy Chapter 357 president, addresses the AFA’s Armed Forces Day Banquet in the Cheyenne Holiday Inn May 18. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

Chaplain (Capt.) Myung Cho, 90th Missile Wing, gives the invocation at the Air Force Association’s Armed Forces Day Banquet in the Cheyenne Holiday Inn May 18. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

Chaplain (Capt.) Myung Cho, 90th Missile Wing, gives the invocation at the Air Force Association’s Armed Forces Day Banquet in the Cheyenne Holiday Inn May 18. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

Col. Tom Wilcox, 90th Security Forces Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Arvin, 90th Security Forces Group chief enlisted manager, are among the F. E. Warren Airmen socializing prior to the start of the Air Force Association’s Armed Forces Day Banquet in the Cheyenne Holiday Inn May 18. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

Col. Tom Wilcox, 90th Security Forces Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Arvin, 90th Security Forces Group chief enlisted manager, are among the F. E. Warren Airmen socializing prior to the start of the Air Force Association’s Armed Forces Day Banquet in the Cheyenne Holiday Inn May 18. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

F. E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. -- Mighty Ninety and Cheyenne, Wyo., members participated in the city's annual Armed Forces Day celebrations held at the Capitol and at Frontier Mall May 18 and 19.

The proclamation ceremony was held May 18 in front of the Capitol this year, whereas all Armed Forces Day ceremonies and displays were at the mall.

The committees working to put the Armed Forces Day activities together chose to use the Capitol as a more formal setting, said 2nd Lt. Jessica Whitney, 90th Comptroller Squadron and Armed Forces Day point-of-contact.

'There had been a concern in the past of people just wandering about, so having it in a more centralized location aides in sustaining the respect for the ceremony and its participants," Whitney added.

Later that evening, military and community members came together for the Armed Forces Day Banquet held in the Holiday Inn, where Maj. Gen. C. Donald Alston, 20th Air Force commander, was the guest speaker.

"Armed Forces Day is not only a day to recognize those who serve, but it is also a day to recognize just how vital community support is to the success of our men and women in uniform," Alston said. "It was an honor to speak at the AFA banquet, and I can't thank our community partners enough for supporting our military members and their families and for making them feel at home."

On May 19, patrons were able to see many military displays throughout both the parking lot and inside of Frontier Mall. Mall patrons were able to catch a glimpse, through both informational and hands-on displays, of the 90th Maintenance Group, 90th Medical Group, 90th Mission Support Group, 90th Operations Group, 90th Security Forces Group and 90th Missile Wing missions.

Some of the displays included Sparky the fire dog, medical equipment, a helicopter, mobile command truck, a payload transporter, weapons and a mobile command post.

Members from the Department of Veteran's Affairs were also there to give information about VA benefits.

"It was really great that we were able to be there and show the community about some of the missions that are carried out on the base," Whitney said. "I'm looking forward to next year's events."