by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay
432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Win Public Affairs
8/31/2015 - CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada --
But that is where the Las Vegas USO has stepped in, providing a day of appreciation for the women who sacrifice every day.
More than 800 Nellis and Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, active-duty
females, spouses, and teenage daughters were treated like royalty as
they participated in the 2015 Operation That's My Dress event Aug.
"This event was astonishing," said Col. James Chittenden, 432nd
Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing vice commander. "It was beyond any of
our Airmen and their families' wildest dreams."
About 1,500 dresses valued between $450 and $1,200, were available for
ladies to choose from, and each participant was allowed to take one
dress home for free.
The day's event began with complementary hair and makeup sessions in preparation for the main event.
"The USO brought the New York runway to the families of Nellis and
Creech," said Chittenden. "It was great to see all the smiling faces
Airmen and their families were wowed by the USO Show Troupe as they
performed a song and dance routine while 25 Miss USA and Miss Teen USA
titleholders modeled a selection of dresses donated by designer Sherri
Hill, the event's primary sponsor.
After the show, participants were assigned numbers for dress selection
and partnered with one of the pageant contestants, where they then
received fashion advice and had help picking out a dress.
"It was really cool to have her [Miss USA] help me pick a dress," said
Paulina Hernandez, 15, stepdaughter of Staff Sgt. Armando Irizary, 820th
Red Horse Squadron, Nellis AFB.
The day served as a huge thank-you from local sponsors, and it was also
an opportunity for families and members to meet people facing similar
"It was really cool to see women of every rank from airman first class
to commanders' wives here enjoying the event," said Kate Slawski, USO
Las Vegas program director. "Especially for our Creech families, we had
women carpooling and making new friends, which is important when these
women need a support system."
In addition to the moms and daughters in attendance, dads were welcomed
too. The event also featured U.S. Army, Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, Medal of
"This is my second time doing this incredible event, and I'm always so
impressed with everyone," said Olivia Jordan, 2015 Miss USA. "These
service women and the families are American heroes and deserve to be
treated as such."
Slawski said the event is another way to remind military families that they always have the support of the USO.