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Andrews begins JSOH preparations

ANDREWS AFB, Md. -- In less than 100 days, the 2007 Joint Service Open House will kick-off May 17 when media will have an opportunity for interviews of featured performers and to preview the static displays. 

Opening ceremonies are scheduled for May 18 and the show will commence for invited guests and Department of Defense identification card holders. The annual open house will be open to the general public May 19 and 20.

The scheduled featured performers will be the Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team and the Army Golden Knights parachute demonstration team.

There are also tentative civilian performers such as Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle aerobatic demonstration show and Red Bull Air Race pilot Kirby Chambliss.

This year's theme is America Supports You -- Our Military Men and Women. More information can be found at: http:⁄⁄americasupportsyou.mil.

Since it's also the Air Force's 60th anniversary, another theme will be Heritage to Horizons ... Commemorating 60 Years of Air and Space Power.

To add to the historical theme of the Air Force, organizers are trying to line-up aircraft representing the Air Force's history from different eras such as the Korean War, Vietnam conflict and today.

The project officers for the event are Maj. Robert Yarbrough, 316th Wing Plans and Programs and JSOH planning director, Maj. Michael D. Sundsted, 99th Airlift Squadron C-20 pilot and Air Operations Coordinator, and Capt. Kacey L. Grannis, 1st Helicopter Squadron UH-1N pilot and Ground Operations coordinator. The JSOH chairman is Lt. Col. Andrew Lourake, 316 WG Plans and Programs director.

Although it may seem like the new year just started, it's already time for preparations for this year's event to commence with a sense of urgency. Organizers and committee members from all services from the base and throughout the National Capital Region had their first meeting of the year in January at the Community Activities Center. 

One of the goals is to meet or exceed the large audience that visited for the 2006 show. If weather cooperates throughout the weekend, this year's audience could be even bigger and better.

Stay tuned to this website for more information on the JSOH.
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