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Wright State honors military at basketball game

Wright State University honors military at basketball game

Airmen from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base hold a large American flag during a pregame ceremony prior to a Wright State University basketball game Jan. 26, 2018, in Fairborn, Ohio. The school held a military appreciation night, which, in addition to Airmen taking part in pregame ceremonies saw new Airmen sworn in to the Air Force during half time at the military appreciation event. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

Wright State University honors military at basketball game

Col. Bradley McDonald, 88th Air Base Wing commander, addresses the crowd at half-time of a Wright State University men’s basketball game Jan. 26, 2018, in the Nutter Center, Fairborn, Ohio prior to giving the oath of enlistment to new Airmen joining the U.S. Air Force. In addition to the half-time ceremony, members of the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight and other Wright Patterson Air Force Base Airmen took part in pregame activities as part of the school’s military appreciation night. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

Wright State University honors military at basketball game

While the Air Force Band of Flight's instrumental group, Wright Brass, play the national anthem, they are accompanied on the floor by the Wright Patterson Honor Guard and 30 reserve and active-duty enlisted Airmen holding a large U.S. flag. (Courtesy photo/Allison Rodriguez, Wright State University)

Wright State University honors military at basketball game

New Airmen take the oath of enlistment Jan. 26, 2016, during half-time of a Wright State University men’s basketball game in the Nutter Center, Fairborn, Ohio. The school help a military appreciation night honoring members of the armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

Wright State University honors military at basketball game

Members of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base honor guard present the colors Jan. 26, 2018, during the national anthem prior to a Wright State men’s basketball game in the Nutter Center, Fairborn, Ohio. In addition to the honor guard, Airmen presented a large American flag and new Airmen were sworn into to Air Force during halftime at the military appreciation event. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

Wright State University honors military at basketball game

Members of the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight play for basketball fans in the concourse of the Nutter Center on the campus of Wright State University, Fairborn, Ohio, Jan. 26, 2018, prior to the start of a game. The school held a military appreciation night with Airmen from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base taking part in pregame ceremonies and new Airmen being sworn in to the Air Force during half time. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  Wright State University honored Wright-Patterson AFB military members at a military appreciation basketball game, held at the Erwin J. Nutter Center Jan. 26.

The evening began with Col. Bradley McDonald 88th Air Base Wing and Installation commander delivering the official game ball to the officials at half court prior to the 7 p.m. scheduled tip off.

More than 27,000 officers, enlisted, Air Force civilians, and contractors work at Wright-Patterson, making it Ohio’s largest single-site employer.

The Air Force Band of Flight’s instrumental group, Wright Brass played the National Anthem.  They were accompanied on the floor by the Wright-Patt Honor Guard and 30 reserve and active-duty enlisted Airmen holding a large US flag.

At halftime Col. McDonald administered the oath of enlistment and welcomed 23 future Airmen into the Air Force. The oath of enlistment is something that every service member must promise and adhere to for their entire military career.

The Wright State men’s basketball team cruised to a comfortable wins against Detroit Mercy Titans 87-55.

The Raiders are currently in first place in the Horizon league and improved their overall record to 16-6 and 8-1 in League play. 

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 $22 ($3 savings) and non-premium sideline seating is $11 ($2 savings).  Military identification must be shown to receive the discount.

The Big Hoopla NCAA First Four Local Organizing Committee donated 950 tickets for Airmen to attend the game. The game was played in front of the largest crowd of the season with 7,453 fans in attendance.