WPAFB military members honored at Wright State basketball game

Wright State University honored military members and veterans during a basketball game held at the Erwin J. Nutter Center Jan. 18.

Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Arbona, 88th Air Base Wing command chief, delivered the official game ball to the officials at half court prior to the 7 p.m. start.

The Flight One band, which is the popular music component of the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight, performed on the Nutter Center concourse during the pregame events. The band supports military ceremonies and events and maintains an extensive community outreach schedule year round.

Air Force Band of Flight’s vocalist Staff Sgt. Joanne Griffin sang the national anthem and was accompanied on the floor by the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Honor Guard and 28 enlisted Airmen from the 88th Air Base Wing and United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine who held a large U.S. flag.

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A special recognition was announced for Lt. Col. James Kern, Capt. Nick Anderson, Capt. Nathaniel Copen, Capt. Marvin Peters II and Senior Airman Marittza Medrano. All these members returned within the last six months from deployments throughout the world in support of military operations.

At halftime Col. Michael Phillips, 88th Air Base Wing vice commander, administered the oath of enlistment and welcomed 19 future Airmen into the Air Force. The oath of enlistment is something that every service member adheres to for their entire military career.

The Wright State men’s basketball team won against horizon league rival Youngstown State Penguins, 79-72. The Raiders are off to a 17-4 overall record, and they are in first place in the horizon league conference. This is their best starting record since they began competing in NCAA Division I in 1986.

The Big Hoopla NCAA First Four Local Organizing Committee donated 1,400 tickets for Airmen to attend the game. The game was played in front of a season high of 5,474 fans in attendance.

Wright State offers military members a discount to all men’s home basketball games held at the university’s arena. The cost for premium seating is $25 ($5 savings) and non-premium sideline seating is $12 ($3 savings). Military identification must be shown to receive the discount.

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