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Happy Birthday to the U.S. Air Force
By AlphaNews
9/18/2016 7:26:00 AM
Today the U. S. Air Force turns 69! While the United States military had aircraft as early as 1909, a seperate branch of the military was not designated for aerial missions until 1947.

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).

WWII illustrated the value of airpower, and the need to change the basic organization of the US Military Forces.  The result was the creation of a single Department of Defense with a strong Joint Chiefs of Staff with Army, Navy, and Air Force chiefs.  In 1947 President Truman signed the National Security Act which established this new defense organization, and along with it the creation of the US Air Force as an independent service, equal to the US Army and US Navy.  

Today, the mission of the U.S. Air Force reflects it's ever-changing role in the defense network of our country:

"The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace. Our rich history and our vision guide our Airmen as we pursue our mission with excellence and integrity to become leaders, innovators and warriors."

The U.S. Air Force's mission  is guided by three core value- Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.

USAF Values

True to its commitment of excellence, all U.S. Airmen uphold the Airman's Creed. Read it below, or listen to it being recited here.

Airman's Creed

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