Do you know how young the Air Force actually is? During the Civil War flags and torch lights from aerial balloons were used for visual communications sending messages from above. The Signal Corps became an official branch of the Army in 1863. After that the “air corps” went through many names and commands. My father was a member of the Army Air Corp during WWII. Finally in 1947, President Truman signed the National Security Act establishing the United States Air Force as a separate branch of the military, the result being advanced technology and superior airman.

My children are Air Force brats as I was an Air Force wife during the 70’s. One child was conceived in Biloxi, MS and born in Plattsburgh, NY. The other was conceived in Plattsburgh and born at Lakenheath AFB in England. I share that because it is a good example of the nomadic life of active U.S. military and their dependents. The family follows the active duty member thus serving in their own way as a support to him. I was young at the time, moving was an adventure.

Some of the bases I was so familiar with have been closed or consolidated in an effort to save money. Regardless, the Air Force remains strong and is a swift tactical force that can be deployed at a moments notice. Please take a moment today to recognize the men and women that remain on watch to protect the populace of our country. Happy Birthday to the U.S. Air Force.