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Commander represents Grissom in circus parade

Col. Doug Schwartz, 434th Air Refueling Wing commander, salutes the crowd on the corner of Main and Broadway in Peru, Ind., July 18, 2015. Schwartz represented the men and women of Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind., during Peru's 56th circus parade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Douglas Hays)

Col. Doug Schwartz, 434th Air Refueling Wing commander, salutes the crowd on the corner of Main and Broadway in Peru, Ind., July 18, 2015. Schwartz represented the men and women of Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind., during Peru's 56th circus parade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Douglas Hays)

A wagon turns the corner from Main onto Broadway in Peru, Ind., July 18, 2015 during the city's 56th circus parade. Col. Doug Schwartz, 434th Air Refueling Wing commander participated in the parade representing the men and women of Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Douglas Hays)

A wagon turns the corner from Main onto Broadway in Peru, Ind., July 18, 2015 during the city's 56th circus parade. Col. Doug Schwartz, 434th Air Refueling Wing commander participated in the parade representing the men and women of Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Douglas Hays)

GRISSOM AIR RESERVE BASE, Ind. -- Marching bands, and clowns, and lions, and mayors and military leaders - strike up the parade!

Col. Doug Schwartz, 434th Air Refueling Wing commander helped celebrate Peru Indiana's 56th Circus Parade July 18 by riding in a convertible and waving to the crowd.

"Grissom Air Reserve Base is a vital part of this community," Schwartz said, "It's important that we reflect those Midwestern values and I was honored to represent the men and women of Grissom in the parade."

The parade marched right down Main Street before turning onto Broadway and finishing on Canal Street. People lined the route to join in the celebration.

Grissom is home to the 434th ARW, the largest KC-135R Stratotanker unit in the Air Force Reserve Command.

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