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Scott Air Force Base ready to celebrate its centennial

The Air Force Thunderbirds will be a part of the centennial celebrations at Scott Air Force Base.
The Air Force Thunderbirds will be a part of the centennial celebrations at Scott Air Force Base. AP

A centennial kick-off, which is the start of a year-long celebration of Scott Air Force Base’s 100th anniversary, will be held Jan. 6 at Scott Event Center. The kickoff event is private.

Refreshments will be available and music will be provided by the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America Starlifter. A program will begin at 3:15 p.m. with comments from 37th Air Mobility Wing commander Col. Laura Lenderman. There will be a proclamation from Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner that will designate 2017 as the “Year of Scott Air Force Base.” A fireworks display will be lit from the end of the flightline ramp closest to the Shiloh Gate.

The kick-off event is one of several planned for the year. The largest public gathering is set for June 10-11 for an airshow and an open house that will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

For more information about the centennial celebration, visit the Scott Air Force Base website.

Don O’Brien: 618-239-2626, @DOBrienBND

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