18 Sept 1947¬†-¬†does that¬†date ring a bell with you?¬† This is the official birthday of the United States Air Force!¬† Prior to this date, the Air Force did not exist as a separate branch of our military.¬† Let‚Äôs take a step back and learn just how our Air Force came to be.
Prior to being its own branch, the Air Force was part of the United States Army.¬† In 1907 the War Department named the ‚ÄúAeronautical Division, Signal Corps‚Äù.¬† In 1914, this became the Aviation Section.¬† By 1918, the section once again was renamed.¬† The Division of Military Aeronautics was named for only four days (20 May 1918 through 24 May 1918).¬† Following this, the U.S. Army Air Service existed until 1926.¬† In 1926 the U.S. Army Air Service became the U.S. Army Air Corps, only later to become the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1941.¬† Thankfully, in 1947, when the National Security Act was signed it created the U.S. Air Force as an independent branch and the name stuck!
The need for a separate branch of service dedicated to military functions in the air was apparent during WWII.¬† Aside from maintaining air superiority, the core functions of the USAF are Nuclear Deterrence Operations, Space and Cyberspace superiority, Command and Control, Global Integrated ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance), Global Precision Attack, Special Operations, Rapid Global Mobility, Personnel Recovery, Agile Combat Support and Building Partnerships.¬† These are impressive achievements and functions for a sixty-seven year old branch.
Since 1947, the Unites States Air Force has engaged in the Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Global War on Terrorism, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.¬† The USAF has also assisted in the war in the Balkans and Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti, among others.
Here are a few notable USAF members along the way:
Buzz Aldrin- Astronaut on Apollo 11‚Äôs famous moonwalk
Morgan Freeman- Actor
Bob Ross- Painter
We‚Äôve come a long way in our aviation technology and equipment over the years.¬† Here‚Äôs to our mission: Fly, fight, and win in air, space, and cyberspace!
Happy Birthday United States Air Force!