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    Final chord echoes for 531st ANG Band of the Southwest

    Final chord echoes for 531st ANG Band of the Southwest

    Photo By Julie Briden-Garcia | After seventy years of distinguished service, the 531st Air National Guard Band of the...... read more read more

    FORT WORTH, TEXAS, UNITED STATES

    02.03.2024

    Story by Tech. Sgt. Ryan Bennett 

    136th Airlift Wing (Texas Air National Guard)

    After seventy years of distinguished service, the 531st Air National Guard Band of the Southwest conducted its inactivation ceremony here February 3, 2024.

    For decades, the Band of the Southwest proudly represented the Air National Guard, showcasing excellence and patriotism across the nation. Their primary mission provided musical support for traditional military ceremonies, community outreach, recruiting efforts, and enhancing the morale and esprit de corps of Airmen around the world.

    Yet, in response to evolving security needs throughout the Air Force, resources were reallocated from traditional military bands to bolster cyber assurance capabilities because of growing tensions with China, Russia, and North Korea. This shift underscores the increasing importance of enhancing our cybersecurity in defending national interests.

    Major Daniel Boothe, 531st Band of the Southwest director, reflected on the band members’ professionalism when given the unfortunate task of inactivation.
    “We jumped into action to do what we’ve done for generations at the 531st. We rolled up our sleeves and figured things out,” he said. “We had a job to do just like we had done for hurricane relief, COVID-19 relief operations, overseas deployments, border missions, and music.”

    Attendees at the ceremony, including 136th Airlift Wing members, family members, and band alumni, honored the band's contributions and service. Colonel Glen Sutton, 136th Mission Support Group commander, referred to a book detailing the wing’s history.

    “This book tells the story of the 136 AW,” Sutton said. “While your chapter of this book is complete, know this, you are not only just part of the story, you are woven in the fabric of who we have been, who we are, and who we will be.”
    The band’s storied history included multiple overseas musical deployments in addition to the ones serving Texas. In 2021, 60 percent of the band was tasked to mobilize within 48 hours. Members served for nine months in support of Operation Lone Star.

    “While we case your flag today, know that the professionalism and patriotism of all current and legacy Airmen of the Band of the Southwest will continue,” Sutton said.
    In a poignant conclusion to the ceremony, the guidon was cased, symbolizing the official inactivation of the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest. This solemn act marked the end of an era while serving as a reminder of the band's honorable service and contributions to the great state of Texas and our nation.

    Boothe addressed the 531 Band members one final time to conclude the ceremony.

    “As we have done through our long legacy of service, let us complete the mission faithfully and with honor,” Boothe said. “Deep down we know this has been a special privilege to serve in this unique mission with the 531 Band, a unit that has been, and will always be, ‘Second to None’- Nulli Secundus.”

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    Date Taken: 02.03.2024
    Date Posted: 03.07.2024 13:01
    Story ID: 465594
    Location: FORT WORTH, TEXAS, US

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