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AFSOC, FWB Chamber of Commerce host final Doolittle Raiders ceremony, aerial review

The Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Air Force Special Operations Command, hosted the final Doolittle Raiders Goblet Ceremony in Niceville, Fla., April 18.
Distinguished visitors and the children of Col. (ret.) Dick Cole perform the final Doolittle Goblet toast during the Doolittle Raider Goblet Ceremony at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, Florida, April 18, 2022. On April 18, 1942, Airmen of the U.S. Army Air Forces flew 16 North American B-25 medium bombers aboard the U.S. Navy carrier USS Hornet to a location within take-off distance from the Japanese islands for a direct air operation against Tokyo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Esau) Staff Sgt. Brandon Esau