Happy birthday U.S. Air Force

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  • By Chief Master Sgt. James Felton
  • 445th Airlift Wing Command Chief
As we embark on our 67th anniversary of the United States Air Force, we are humbled and privileged to be able to reflect on its remarkable transformation from the B-17 Flying Fortress to the F-35A Lightning II.

With the vision of the Wright Brothers, the passion of Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell, the courage of Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle and the Tokyo Raiders, the selflessness of the Tuskegee Airmen, perseverance of the Women in the Air Force (WAF) and the professionalism of Airmen in conflicts, wars and humanitarian efforts, the Air Force has become a premier and diverse fighting force. From the dreams of our early pioneers, the Air Force of today is unmatched in capability and strength.

The Air Force's leadership in the air and the ground has continued to adapt to the latest technology and science. In keeping with the vision of providing air, space and cyber capabilities for combatant commanders, we support our sister services in operational missions in the states and abroad. By employing state-of-the-art technology, we are constantly exploring the boundaries of air power in supplying Global Vigilance, Global Reach and Global Power for America.

Our Total Force is up to the task of keeping America safe in this challenging world we live in. As citizen Airmen, we balance the demands of civilian employment and the Air Force in service to our country. We are instilled with the Air Force core values of Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence in All We Do. Our proud history and continuing legacy of air superiority will endure with ground-breaking innovation and dedication.

In celebration of the Air Force's 67th birthday, we are grateful to our forefathers and the limitless future of airpower. We are in debt to the Airmen who have paid the ultimate price in defending America's freedom. Thank you and your family for your exceptional service in protecting the United States. Happy Birthday, Air Force!

Mission First. People Always.