Happy Birthday, US Air Force!

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The United States Air Force was born 70 years ago today with the signature of President Harry Truman. At that moment it became a separate branch of the US Military. Previously members were part of the Army.

 

 

Name changes

Military.com reported:

From the time that the US military purchased its first aircraft in 1909 up to 1947, the US Air Force did not exist as a separate and independent military service organization. It went through a series of designations: Aeronautical Section, Signal Corps (1909); Aviation Section, Signal Corps (1914); United States Army Air Service (1918); United States Army Air Corps (1926), United States Army Air Forces (1941).

Pararescuemen from the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron prepare for a night jump from a C-130 Hercules over Grand Bara, Djibouti, March 20, 2017. USAF photo by Tech Sgt Joshua J . Garcia

With the separation came new capabilities, sections, assignments, and of course technology, along with new challenges.

The Korean War, The Vietnam War, from Hueys to the Apollo Space Mission, the ICBM and nuclear readiness programs, Air Strikes in the War on Terror… the Air Force has been a pivotal part of American Military Power. Even though other branches kid them about being the “Chair Force,” they are often the life-savers for troops under fire on the ground.

One of the defining moments in USAF history was Operation Desert Storm – when US Air Power assisted mightily in kicking the butts of Saddam Hussein’s force with unrelenting campaigns of “Shock and Awe.”

“The joint war fighting excellence our nation expects and gets today from our Air Force was built through 70 years of tenacity and innovation. Our incredible Airmen continue raising the bar to provide our nation the asymmetric advantage only airpower can bring.” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein 

Featured photo: An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 79th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, July 27, 2016. USAF photo

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