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USAF Art Collection Visits Air Force Week, Salt Lake City

AF ART EXHIBIT @ Salt Lake City Library

Local artist shines

Many facets of the military, particularly the Air Force, were on display last week in Salt Lake City, Utah. Air Force Week sheds light on another area of the Air Force which is not common knowledge to the public: the United States Air Force Art Collection. The Air Force Art Program began its extensive collection in 1950. This week’s display features unique, original artwork spanning from present day to one piece that dates back to 1963.

Air Force Week Salt Lake City was honored to have Air Force Art Program member, Richard “Buz” Sawyer in our area—both he and his own artwork were on display last week in the Salt Lake City library. The library sees many notable exhibits pass through its doors, and the work of Buz and his fellow artists were right on par with the best—a privilege for Salt Lake City area residents to view and appreciate.

Mr. Sawyer has had an impressive career in the Air Force, spending 34 years in the Reserves. He spent eight years as a weapons loader and well over 20 years working in the Intelligence career field. One significant point in his profession was being sent to the desert within a month of the September 11 attacks. Such a hearty career allowed many travels, and Buz claims he’s been “everywhere but Australia, Africa, and China.”

His artistic abilities allowed him to keep the military close; Buz was a technical illustrator at Hill Air Force Base for eight years. Today, his work goes far beyond technical orders and diagrams. Several of his displayed pieces depict the F-16s gained by the Air Force Reserves in 1984.
Sawyer retired from the Air Force Reserves on April fool’s Day, 2006, but he hasn’t strayed too far from his military roots. His talents portray the pride we all share as members of the United States Air Force.
Thanks to Jason Carrion, 75 ABW Public Affairs, for providing this story and James Arrowood for the photo.

Air Force Week–Salt Lake City

Air Force Week Salt Lake City is currently in full swing in Utah (running June 1-7). Some of our fellow PAs from Hill AFB sent along some stories and photos of the events.

Pride. Precision.
It’s a theme that is hallmark in our United States Air Force; a theme that is evident and on display in Team Hill’s Air Force Week Salt Lake City efforts. The people, places, and power involved will certainly follow suit during this unique week in an effort to “bring the Airmen to the community.”

It’s pride and precision clearly demonstrated by our USAF Drill Team’s four-man unit, who opened Monday morning’s proclamation ceremony at the State Capitol. Their captain made five as he stood in the center of 11-pound M-1 rifles slung through the air within inches of his eyes.

It’s pride and precision offered in the synchronized sounds of our USAF Stellar Brass Band who accompanied the infectious wave of salutes rendered by Airmen from all of Team Hill.

It’s pride in our leadership, well-represented on the steps of the Utah state capitol building during the ceremony. Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., noted the amount of “stars” present during broad daylight, illustrating the strong presence of several distinguished guests. Escorting all these ‘stars’ was Secretary of the Air Force, Michael B. Donley; such stars included our Air Force Chief of Staff, General Norton Schwartz, Air Force Materiel Commander, General Donald Hoffman, and our own Ogden Air Logistics Center Commander, Major General Kathleen Close.

It’s pride in who we are as an Air Force; a pride in something bigger. Our fellow service members can appreciate the sentiments of 75th Air Base Wing Vice Commander Calvin Williams, who noted that “This isn’t just about the U.S. Air Force… this is about jointness.” While the focus is certainly on the Air Force and our local Hill AFB, the efforts of our sister services are also highlighted.

The morning ceremony was truly a showcase of America’s Airmen, kicking off a week that will focus on pride in our Air Force and pride in the community that supports us.

AIRMEN’S OPENER AF Night with the Salt Lake Bees @ Spring Mobile Ballpark
Hot dogs… flags… flyovers… and fanfare…

Even the baseball team was in “uniform” at Monday night’s Salt Lake City Bees Airmen’s Opener. They sported camouflage jerseys and followed the theme of Air Force Week as events unfolded to propel our local Air Force community and supporters into a unified frenzy.

Top-notch entertainment was available even before the first pitch was thrown. Four parachute team members parachuted onto the Bee’s baseball field, and the final skydiving daredevil floated down with an American flag flying for all to see. The flag was proudly displayed by six Wings of Blue skydivers for the playing of the National Anthem, which was accompanied by a phenomenal flyover of four F-16s and a KC-135 Stratotanker.

General Donald Hoffman, leader of over 70,000 airmen as Commander of Air Force Materiel Command, also led 40 of our newest airmen in the enlisted oath during the pregame show.
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker noted that the night “couldn’t be much more American.”

Forty right hands were raised as America’s newest airmen repeated the words of General Donald Hoffman, Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, as our newest troops took their oath to join the United States Air Force on Monday night. The event highlighted a massive evening of honor and entertainment at the Salt Lake Bees Airmen’s Opener at Spring Mobile Park.
One of those who stood in front of the booming crowd was Thomas Prusso of Sandy, UT.
“The only thing that really got me going was the military,” Prusso said of his decision to pursue a career in the Air Force.

Thomas won’t be the only Prusso family member making his way into the military; his older brother, Brett, will also enlist into the Air Force next week. “We’ve been military buffs since we were little,” Thomas said. His own Air Force quest started last November when he first met with his recruiter, and the process continued on Monday night with an exciting swear-in led by a four-star general.

Prusso has numerous Air Force goals, but will begin his trek as an armament systems technician. Eventually, he’d like to join the officer ranks. Prusso plans on making the military a lifetime career.

Staff Sergeant Jacob Reyes, 368th Recruiting Squadron team member, noted that such large-scale swear-in events like the baseball game are common for new recruits in our region. We all look forward to another ceremony this Saturday as new recruits are enlisted by the United States Air Force Thunderbird Commander.
To our newest airmen: we salute you, and we look forward to you joining our family in the world’s best Air Force.

Photo Credits (Skydiver and Swearing-In): Alex R. Lloyd. Thanks to Jason Carrion, Air Force Week Coordination Team, 75 ABW Public Affairs for sharing the stories.