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2018 Navy Ball in Wichita

Special Invitation to ALL Kansas Honor Flight Volunteers, Navy Veterans and ALL Active Duty Military!

We are excited to announce that this year's Navy Ball is not just limited to Navy Veterans, but is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

The event is Friday, October 12th with the cocktail hour starting at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 8:00 p.m.

Where?  The Holiday Inn, 549 S. Rock Rd., Wichita, KS 67207

Only $38 per person for an evening of fun and surprises!

Military Uniforms are strongly encouraged, but NOT mandatory.  The dress is otherwise semi-formal.

Plated dinner, not a buffet.  Options include Chicken Cordon Bleu or Prime Rib.  We have options for people with special dietary needs to include vegetarian, gluten-free, or any other food allergies.

If you have special dietary needs, please contact Kat at 316-832-5061 or at wichitanavyball@gmail.com and tell her your dietary needs.  Then make sure to get your tickets ASAP!

Tables will seat 10 people.  The first 100 tickets sold will receive something special as a thank you from the Navy Ball Committee.  Already almost 50 of the first 100 tickets have been sold so better hurry to get your tickets!

This year we are looking to have 400 in attendance!

This years speaker will be USN Retired, Rear Adm. Jeffrey Penfield. He is a retired Admiral and is one of the chairmen for the USS Wichita Commissioning committee.

Rear Adm. Jeffrey Penfield was commissioned in October 1982 via the Aviation Officer Candidate Program and earned his Navy Wings of Gold in June 1984. His operational assignments include Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA 136) as a plankowner, VFA-94 and command of VFA-115. While in command, he deployed on the maiden F/A-18E Super Hornet cruise participating in Operations Enduring Freedom, Southern Watch and the initial combat phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His shore tour assignments include Training Squadron (VT-23), Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 5, the Super Hornet Fleet Introduction Team and VX-9 where he was the lead operational test director for the F/A-18E/F operational evaluation.|

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His assignments as an acquisition professional include program manager air (PMA) 265, the F/A-18 & EA-18G Program Office; command of PMA-259, the Navy’s Air-to-Air Missile Program Office; command of PMA-268, the Navy Unmanned Combat Aerial System Program Office; and assignment to the Naval Air Systems Command staff working Integration and Interoperability initiatives.

Penfield’s previous flag assignments were commander, Fleet Readiness Centers and commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force.

Penfield has over 4,000 flight hours and 750 carrier landings. He has been recognized as the 1995 Commander, Naval Air Force Pacific Fleet Pilot of the Year and the National Defense Industrial Association Navy Military Tester of the Year for 1999. He has been awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal (six awards, one individual with combat V/five Strike Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards, one with combat V), and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Awards along with various other personal, unit and service medals.