Air Force puts on a show

AUSTIN, Minn. – A couple dozen of the nation’s best stopped by our area Tuesday to showcase their talents.

They are common guests at the White House and Pentagon, and also take part in events at national memorials, but they are touring the Midwest for now.

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team began their journey in Milwaukee last Friday. Tuesday afternoon they stopped in Austin before taking a trip to Rochester Tuesday night.

The airmen that make up the drill team just happen to be the top ten percent of the Air Force Honor Guard.

“Our main mission is to represent the Air Force to the entire world, so 25 of us guys are tasked with representing over 400,000 airmen and civilian employees to the entire world, that’s a pretty special responsibility,” said Master Sgt. Scott Slindee.

They are holding these free events to give the Midwest a taste of what they are all about.

“That is meant to showcase precision, even when you can’t see some of your partners, that you’re still doing everything that your partners around you are anticipating you to do. That’s how the Air Force effectively brings the fight to our enemies wherever they may be,” Slindee said.

He and the others said it is simply an honor to be a part of this group and to be able to travel across the country to send this message.

Their journey continues as they head west. Wednesday, they will be in Sioux Falls and the next day they will stop in Rapid City, South Dakota.

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