On this day of remembrance of the events that transformed the nation, it is fitting to also look at the service that has carried the war of the skies to the enemies of the US. The US Air Force became a seperate service on September 18th 1947, and will be 62 years old on that date.
Up to 1947, the Air Force was an arm of the US Army and was the US Army Air Corp. Since 1947, the USAF has been an intergral part of every operation conducted by the US Military. The Air Force helped protect the troops from the skies in Korea, Vietnam, and was instrumental in keeping America safe during the long years of the Cold War. The ground portion of the Gulf War only lasted 100 hours after days of attacks by the Air Force along with planes and helicopters of the Army, Navy, and Marines. Today, USAF aircraft are involved with operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, whether it is a manned or unmanned aircraft. Along with the pilots, the Air Force has thousands of men and women that provide the support to operations at home and in deployed locations.
As we look to the future, the nature of air combat is changing with stealth technology and the ever more important unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV. As time moves forward the Air Force will remain the protector of the skies for many, many years to come.
Take time to thank members of the Air Force for their service during this month of their 62nd birthday.