WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (WDTN) – Base officials announced Friday the cancellation of the 2016 Freedom’s Call Tattoo, the annual celebration of music and fireworks held each June since 2005 on the grounds of the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
“This is a very difficult decision, because Tattoo has been a Wright-Patt tradition for the past 10 years,”
“This is a very difficult decision because Tattoo has been a Wright-Patt tradition for the past 10 years,” said Col. John Devillier, 88th Air Base Wing commander. “But we have to direct our limited resources to other mission priorities.”
The tattoo event has been cancelled twice due to weather. The first cancellation was in 2012 when a wind storm struck the grounds in early afternoon and again last year due to heavy rain leading up to the event.
There has been no decision regarding future tattoos.
“Our team has done a magnificent job overcoming significant budget issues over the last few years and we have been helped immensely by incredibly supportive sponsors. I have no doubt they would bend over backwards to support tattoo, but it is not possible to use sponsorship money for all expenses.” Devillier said.