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Intel drones help Travis Air Force Bay provide fireworks alternative for special needs military families


Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, collaborated with Intel to replace a traditional Independence Day fireworks display with an Intel® Shooting Star™ drone light show. In celebration of July Fourth and Travis Air Force Base’s 75th anniversary, 500 Intel Shooting Star drones danced across the nighttime sky in a choreographed aerial routine that honors active military and veterans. The show, originally scheduled for July 4, was rescheduled one day later due to high winds.

Travis Air Force Base collaborated with Intel to recognize active military, veterans and participants of the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). Travis Air Force Base has one of the largest Air Force EFMP populations. The program’s mission is to identify medical and educational service requirements of family members in support of active-duty sponsor reassignment and civilian employment overseas.

This drone light show was a more inclusive July Fourth celebration that could be enjoyed by all families, especially those with sensitives to the sounds of firework explosions.

“The story of the Air Force is a story of innovation. With Travis in close proximity to Silicon Valley, the base strives to develop relationships and to play an active role in Northern California’s innovation ecosystem,” said Col. John Klein, Travis Air Force Base installation commander. “For our 75th anniversary and as a way of saying thank you for the unprecedented community support, we wanted to treat our friends and family to a special Independence Day celebration – Intel’s vision to reimagine fireworks with cutting-edge drone technology was a natural fit for our airmen and audience.”

“We are excited to collaborate with the Travis Air Force Base to celebrate the July Fourth holiday by bringing a new form of nighttime entertainment to honor the military and their families,” said Anil Nanduri, vice president and general manager of the Intel drone teaam. “I am looking forward to seeing the joy and excitement that our drone light show brings to the spectators.”

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