Initially part of the United States Army, the USAF was formed as a separate branch of the military on 18 September 1947 under the National Security Act of 1947. It is the most recent branch of the U.S. military to be formed, and is the largest and most technologically advanced air force in the world.
I was proud to wear the uniform of the USAF for over 20 years and still have family and friends serving.
The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win.
To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision:
The USAF will provide compelling air, space, and cyber capabilities. We will excel as stewards of all Air Force resources in service to the American people, while providing precise and reliable Global Vigilance, Reach and Power for the nation.
The Air Force has three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. These core competencies make our six distinctive capabilities possible:
Air and Space Superiority, Global Attack Capability, Rapid Global Mobility. Precision Engagement, Information Superiority and Agile Combat Support.
The Air Force bases these core competencies and distinctive capabilities on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.