Chairman’s Corner: Happy Birthday, Air Force!

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2010 — Gen. Bil­ly Mitchell believed that “in the devel­op­ment of air­pow­er, one needs to look ahead” – a fit­ting charge as we cel­e­brate the Unit­ed States Air Force’s 63rd birth­day tomor­row.

Born in an era of incred­i­ble inno­va­tion and change fol­low­ing World War II, the Unit­ed States Air Force has lived up to its promise, chang­ing how our armed forces have both pro­tect­ed the peace and secured vic­to­ry.

From the Berlin Air­lift dur­ing some of the tough­est days of the Cold War to Oper­a­tion Ever­est out­side Bagram, Afghanistan, this year, from embrac­ing new tech­nolo­gies to sup­port­ing coun­terin­sur­gency efforts in two wars, the men and women of the Unit­ed States Air Force rep­re­sent one of the fastest and most flex­i­ble ways we exer­cise our nation­al will.

And there is every rea­son to believe Air­men – and the fam­i­lies who sup­port them as they soar to great heights – will be ready to deter aggres­sion … fight and win when nec­es­sary … and rapid­ly deliv­er aid to those in need as we press ahead well into the 21st cen­tu­ry.

That’s because Air­men are always look­ing ahead. It is in their DNA. It is who they are.

The Joint Chiefs and I salute America’s Air­men and wish you Hap­py Birth­day. Fly, fight and win!

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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