The first Friday of the month means the crowds come out to downtown Panama City for First Friday, but a special ceremony to honor 12 unique individuals took the spotlight.
Highlighting 12 new enlistee, the Tyndall Air Force held it's annual enlistee ceremony to bring community awareness and support.
"To watch you airman come into the Air Force and enlist is a great privilege. To know that I had first hand at first bringing them in and coaching them to their new career," says Sgt. Warren Hill.
The ceremony took place in front of the Martin Theater in the middle of Friday Fest. This annual ceremony swears in the newest enlistees. Friday night it included six active duty members and six reserve members, symbolizing the new career path they are about to begin.
"It was actually pretty great," Ariel Lynn Robinson, a new enlistee for the Air Force. "I'm really excited to start my career and to become a part of something much bigger than myself."
For Air Force Reserve enlistee Janna Clyne the ceremony brought tears to her eyes. "It felt good. You know, standing there with my fellow citizens, and being a woman doing it is really important to me and it feels good."
The Air Force also held a recruiting drive at this month's Friday Fest.