The men and women who serve our country in the United States Air Force have something else to be proud of – the anniversary of this military branch’s formation is September 18! Over the past 71 years, Texas bases such as Dyess located in Abilene, and Shepard in Wichita Falls have prepared highly trained personnel to defend our country in air spaces around the globe.
Your friends at MenuRunners gratefully say, “Happy Birthday U.S. Air Force!”
A Little History Lesson is in Order
As Military.com notes, “The official date of the founding of the U.S. Air Force is 18 September 1947. It was a momentous event that over six decades later has demonstrated the achievement of an Air Force second-to-none, yet the Air Force’s history and heritage goes back a lot further.”
The military site notes that from the time that the U.S. military purchased its first aircraft in 1909 up to 1947, the U.S. 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), and United States Army Air Forces (1941).
World War II illustrated the value of airpower and the need to change the basic organization of the U.S. military forces. The result was the creation of a single Department of Defense with a Joint Chiefs of Staff with Army, Navy, and Air Force chiefs. In 1947, President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act to establish this new defense organization and, along with it, the creation of the U.S. Air Force as an independent service, equal to the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy.