PEO Aviation capped off a busy spring season in style May 18 with a dining out at the U.S Space and Rocket Center.

Brig. Gen. Thomas Todd, program executive officer for Army aviation, hosted the event which provided an opportunity for members of the PEO Aviation workforce and their guests to gather in an atmosphere of camaraderie, good fellowship, fun and social rapport.

The dining-out tradition is a relatively new military custom. It is similar in all respects to a dining-in, except the dining out includes military spouses and guests.

The dining-in is a formal dinner function for members of a military organization or unit. It provides an occasion for officers, noncommissioned officers and Soldiers to celebrate the unique bond or cohesion that holds military units together.

The more than 500 people who attended the PEO Aviation gala called "An Evening Under the Stars," were treated to a celebration that included entertaining skits, acknowledgment toasts and employee recognitions.

The Sparkman High School Color Guard began the formal portion of the program with the presentation of the colors. The keynote address was provided by retired Maj. Gen. Tim Crosby, a former program executive officer for Army aviation who lead the organization from late 2008 until his retirement in early 2014.

The night concluded with dancing to music provided by the band Livin' Big.