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Commander's Comments: Happy Birthday Air Force

In 1947, President Truman signed the National Security Act which established the 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. "I remind all of our citizens that the air power of the nation is essential to the preservation of our liberty, and that the continued development of the science of air transportation is vital to the trade and commerce of a peaceful world." ~ Harry S. Truman 33rd president of the United States. (KT)

In 1947, President Truman signed the National Security Act which established the 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. "I remind all of our citizens that the air power of the nation is essential to the preservation of our liberty, and that the continued development of the science of air transportation is vital to the trade and commerce of a peaceful world." ~ Harry S. Truman 33rd president of the United States. (KT)

BUCKLEY AFB, Colo. -- In 1947, 65 years ago today, President Truman signed the National Security Act which established the 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.

From the new Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen Welsh:

"While our Service enjoys an unbreakable connection to state-of-the-art technology, we must never forget that everything we do depends on our people, the living engine of our Air Force. Today, more than ever, the Air Force can take pride that our Service culture promotes and benefits from the know-how, determination, and commitment of a diverse group of men and women who embody our Core Values -- Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do -- while pursuing adaptive and innovative solutions for our Nation's security.

Every day, our Airmen have an opportunity to add a bright new chapter to the Air Force story by serving our Nation in the world's finest air force. The challenges confronting our country are great; but our active duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian Airmen have never failed to answer our Nation's call. Working together in common purpose as one Air Force, we will keep America secure today and for all the years to come."

As Air National Guardsmen, we join in saluting our brothers and sisters on Active Duty and say, Happy Birthday to our United States Air Force!

Tru Eyre
140th Wing Commander