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World War II had been over for two years and the Korean War lay three years ahead when the Air Force ended a 40-year association with the U.S. Army to become a separate service. The U.S. Air Force thus entered a new era in which airpower became firmly established as a major element of the nation's defense and one of its chief hopes for deterring war.

The Department of the Air Force was created when President Harry S Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947. It became effective Sept. 18, 1947, when Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson administered the oath of office to the first secretary of the Air Force, W. Stuart Symington, a position filled by presidential appointment.

Under the National Security Act, the functions assigned to the Army Air Force's commanding general transferred to the Department of the Air Force. The act provided for an orderly two-year transfer of these functions as well as property, personnel and records.

Later, under the Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1958, the departments of Army, Navy and Air Force were eliminated from the chain of operational command. Commanders of unified and specified commands became responsible to the president and the secretary of defense through the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The act redefined the functions of the military departments to those of essentially organizing, training, equipping and supporting combat forces for the unified and specified commands. Each military department retained resource management of its service.

Air Force Vision
The United States Air Force will be a trusted and reliable joint partner with our sister services known for integrity in all of our activities, including supporting the joint mission first and foremost. We will provide compelling air, space, and cyber capabilities for use by the combatant commanders. 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.

Air Force Mission
The mission of the U. S. Air Force is  to fly, fight  and win ... in air, space, and cyberspace.

355th Fighter Wing - Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. (A-10C)

366th Fighter Wing - Mountain Home AFB, Idaho (F-15E)

388th Fighter Wing - Hill AFB, Utah (F-35)

432nd Wing - Creech AFB, Nev. (MQ-1B, MQ-9A, RQ-170)

552nd Air Control Wing - Tinker AFB, Okla. (E-3)

557th Weather Wing - Offutt AFB, Neb.


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820th Red Horse Squadron - Nellis AFB, Nev.

 

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Guyana is going to be hosting U.S. servicemembers for a New Horizons exercise in May. During this three month exercise, U.S. military civil engineers and medical proffesionals will work alongside the Guyanese people in joint humanitarian assistance exercises. Check out the link to read more. U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) U.S. Embassy Guyana https://gy.usembassy.gov/guyana-to-host-new-horizons/
Check out photos from a recent meeting between the Fuerza Aérea De Chile and 149th Fighter Wing at Joint Base San Antonio as they continued their work together as part of the State Partnership Program. Colonel Juan Jose Iglesis, Chilean Air Force Foreign Liaison Officer, joined with Colonel Adam Mercier, 12th Air Force Air National Guard Advisor to the Commander, to discuss the program with 149th Fighter Wing personnel last week.
The AF Reserve Hurricane Hunters are in Curacao! The Air Force Reserve Command's WC-130J is on display and will offer an opportunity to learn how scientists collect hurricane information. The The NOAA WP-3D aircraft, used for both hurricane forecasting and research, will be on display as well!
Today we raise our goblets to a true U.S. Air Force legend. Retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Richard “Dick” Cole, the last surviving Doolittle Raider, has passed away at the age of 103. As a Lieutenant, Cole was the Co-pilot to Jimmy Doolittle during the infamous Doolittle Raid. In honor of him we remember how the Doolittle Raiders contributed to our proud heritage. Twelfth Air Force was created during the U.S. buildup of forces for World War II, by the Army Air Forces. The numbered air force activated on August 20, 1942. Brigadier General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, became its commander later that year. He was fresh off the historic Doolittle Raid, the surprise bombing of Tokyo, Japan, in April 1942. The recently promoted general officer worked to establish a fighting force capable of opening up another, this time, southern front in the European Theater.
Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Commander Maj. Gen. Croft and Twelfth Air Force, Air Forces Southern, Command Chief Master Sergeant Chief Storms, recently met with United States Air Force Airmen that are supporting the Joint Task Force-Bravo at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras.🤝
Here's a quick look into the Chilean Air Force's F-16 block 50!
Approximately 130 volunteers from Soto Cano Air Base participated in #ChapelHike78 during the weekend, carrying donations for a community of La Paz. The donations included 6,000 pounds of food to 200 families in Concepción de Soluteca!
The F-35A is the 🇺🇸 United States Air Force's latest fifth-generation fighter. With its aerodynamic performance and advanced integrated avionics, the F-35A will provide next-generation stealth, enhanced situational awareness, and reduced vulnerability for the U.S. and allied nations.
🇺🇲United States Air Force Weather Airmen in🇭🇳 Honduras explain the how a weather balloon 🎈release works and how the information collected is shared with agencies across the🌎 world to include the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center 🌀
Congratulations to the #RPA community on their 4 millions flight hours!🎉
🇭🇳🇺🇲 Firefighters 👨‍🚒 from Joint Task Force-Bravo aiding local Honduran firefighters to put out a wildfire🔥 last week #EnduringPromise
🇺🇸🇨🇴We are honored to have the Fuerza Aérea Colombiana Commander of the Colombian Air Force Maj. Gen. Ramsés Rueda Rueda visiting 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Headquarters.
Colombian Air Force supports US Navy Growlers for premier air-to-air combat training exercise ‘Red Flag’
Wow! The 🇨🇴Fuerza Aérea Colombiana Multi-Mission Transport Tanker Jupiter 767 conducts air-to-air refueling with a 🇺🇲U.S. Navy EA-18 #Growler Electronic Attack Squadron 134 Garudas during United States Air Force led #RedFlag 🚩19-2 at Nellis Air Force Base!
🇨🇴🇺🇸Fuerza Aérea Colombiana train with U.S. Navy ⚓️during 🚩#RedFlag 19-2! The Colombian Multi-Mission Transport Tanker Jupiter 767 ✈️ is conducting day☀️and night 🌖 refueling missions with EA-18 #Growlers from the Electronic Attack Squadron 134 Garudas! These missions are increase interoperability between the U.S. and Colombia. 🤝 #EnduringPromise #PromesaDuradera Embajada de los Estados Unidos Colombia U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)
#EnduringPromise 🇨🇴🇺🇸#SOUTHCOM Military Deputy Commander U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael Plehn traveled to #Colombia to meet with security leaders to strengthen the U.S.-Colombia bilateral security relationship and to deepen understanding of the rapidly changing security situation in Colombia. 🤝 Lt. Gen. Plehn met with Colombian Army Maj. Gen. Luis Navarro Jiménez, Commanding General of Colombian Military Forces, to discuss U.S.-Colombia defense cooperation.
🇨🇴🇺🇸The Colombian Air Force Fuerza Aérea Colombiana is training with U.S. joint forces and five Partner Nation Air Forces at Nellis Air Force Base for 🚩 #RedFlag 19-2! This is Colombia's third time participating in this exercise ✈️Training events like this build an enduring commitment between U.S. and Partner Nations Air Forces. 🤝🤝 U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Embajada de los Estados Unidos Colombia
RT @USAmbSV: Importante visita del General David Goldfein, jefe del Estado Mayor de la Fuerza Aérea de los EE.UU. Nuestros dos países gozan…
RT @Southcom: #SOUTHCOM's & @AFSOUTH's training exercise #NewHorizons19, kicks off in #Guyana, next month. The 3-month event will train U.S…
RT @jtfbravo: #Guatemala #Honduras #ElSalvador #CostaRica #Belize and @AFSOUTH firefighters participate in an obstacle course challenge dur…
Today we raise our goblets to a true U.S. Air Force legend. Retired #USAF Lieutenant Colonel Richard “Dick” Cole, t… https://t.co/bdIQdwPHgU
RT @jtfbravo: Major General Croft @AFSOUTH CDR conducted a Town Hall at Soto Cano to meet with our @usairforce personnel and JTF-Bravo key…
RT @jtfbravo: #612ABS personnel assisted the Honduran Fire Department in fighting a large wildlife in the Comayagua mountains earlier today…
🇺🇸🇨🇴We are honored to have Commander of the @FuerzaAereaCol Maj. Gen. Ramsés Rueda Rueda visiting 12th Air Force (… https://t.co/ixdpM9nwOX
RT @FuerzaAereaCol: Finalizó el ejercicio #RedFlag 19-2 en la @NellisAFB #EstadosUnidos donde la @FuerzaAereaCol participó junto a 21 escua…
🇨🇴🇺🇸Wow! The @FuerzaAereaCol Multi-Mission Transport Tanker Jupiter 767 conducts air-to-air refueling with a… https://t.co/sOV4qBSFp2
RT @Southcom: #SOUTHCOM Military Dep. Commander @USAirForce Lt. Gen. Michael Plehn met today w/ Colombian Army Maj. Gen. Luis Navarro Jimén…
RT @NellisAFB: Colombian Air Force taking to the sky to refuel Blue Force fighters for #RedFlag 19-2! #FightsOn #NellisAFB #AimHigh https:/…
🇨🇴The @FuerzaAereaCol is training with 🇺🇸U.S. joint forces and 5 Partner Nation Air Forces at @NellisAFB for🚩… https://t.co/jymiF93okY
RT @Southcom: The U.S. today is airlifting more humanitarian aid, including medical supplies, to help the people of #Venezuela. In cooperat…
RT @USAIDMarkGreen: WHEELS UP 🛫! The U.S. is airlifting more assistance to help the people of #Venezuela. Water treatment units & other sup…
RT @Southcom: Humanitarian Aid for #Venezuela: Additional @USAirForce C-17 flying #humanitarian aid from Miami to Cúcuta, Colombia today. @…
RT @theOFDA: LIVE NOW: Relief supplies from @USAID just landed in Cucuta, Colombia to help tens of thousands of people affected by the #Ven
RT @Southcom: 1st of 3 @USAirForce C-17s flying #humanitarian aid from Miami to Cúcuta, Colombia, takes off from @Homestead_ARB. @StateDept
Take a look at the first @usairforce C-17 heading to Colombia to bring aid. https://t.co/laR4brP2Wl
RT @Southcom: #SOUTHCOM Cdr Adm. Craig Faller in #Brazil to meet w/ defense leaders & discuss cooperation. Brazil & U.S. have a robust part…
RT @USAmbNicaragua: Muy orgulloso de poder recibir este camión de bomberos donado a #Nicaragua por el pueblo estadounidense y transportado…