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Mighty Ninety kicks off CFD involvement with Grand Parade

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  • By Airman 1st Class Landon Gunsauls
  • 90th Missile Wing Public Affairs

The streets were packed along Capitol Ave. in Cheyenne, Wyoming, July 22, 2023, for the first of many Cheyenne Frontier Days parades held this year.

F.E. Warren Air Force Base and the City of Cheyenne have a deep connection going back to 1867 when the base was still Fort D.A. Russell, but Airmen have been marching in the parade for decades. This year, the Grand Marshal for CFD and the parade was the Honorable Frank Kendall, Secretary of the Air Force.

Events like this put the partnership of the base and city on display every year and bring both the Cheyenne and military communities together in celebration of their partnership. 

The celebration includes horses and carriages, buggies, military vehicles, antique cars and marching formations made up of Airmen from F.E. Warren Air Force Base and other military units around Wyoming and Colorado.

“I come every year and you just love to see it,” said Tony Williamson, a parade goer who attends with his family annually. “Cheyenne and the base have been partners since before my grandpa was a kid and those ties are help make Cheyenne the community it is.”

Volunteers from multiple squadrons and organizations on F.E. Warren come together every year to assist in Cheyenne’s biggest annual event. Each CFD celebration typically includes multiple parades, a carnival, concerts, professional bull riding, several pancake breakfasts held in downtown Cheyenne, and of course the rodeo to top it off.