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2008.07.25 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

USAF Drill Team to Give Performance at UNO Aug. 11

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host an outdoor morning performance of the United States Air Force (USAF) Honor Guard Drill Team on Monday, Aug.11. The event is part of Omaha’s Air Force Week celebration.

The Drill Team is the traveling component of the USAF Honor Guard, which has performed in all fifty states and many countries abroad. The group’s 16-person performance features a professionally choreographed sequence of weapon maneuvers, precise tosses, complex weapon exchanges and a walk through the gauntlet of spinning weapons. Each rifle weighs 11 pounds.

The group will perform for the campus community and the public at the UNO Pep Bowl, south of the Eppley Administration Building, at 9 a.m. There is no cost to attend.

Air Force Week runs Saturday, Aug. 9, through Sunday, Aug. 17, in Omaha. The week will begin with opening ceremonies, which are free and open to the public, featuring country singer Jessica Andrews, the USAF Honor Guard Drill Team, military fly-bys, the Wings of Blue jump team and fireworks beginning at 5 p.m. Aug. 9 at Rosenblatt Stadium. The Offutt Air Force Base Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show caps Air Force Week on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17. For a complete schedule of Air Force Week events visit www.airforceweek.com.

Members of the Drill Team try out for positions on the squad and undergo a grueling four- to six-week training course that teaches the fundamentals of precision drill. Members serve at least two years when assigned to the Drill Team. The Honor Guard has a 60-year history in the United States military.

For more information, call (402) 554-3502 or (402) 232-0014.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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