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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — On Sept. 18, we celebrate the 75th birthday of the U.S. Air Force.

In 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act, which established the Department of the Air Force. The predecessor of the Air Force, the Aeronautical Division of the U.S. Army, was created in 1907. As combat techniques and systems advanced, the Army’s aviation capabilities expanded to meet the nation’s needs. During World War II, the U.S. Army Air Force worked virtually independently before becoming its own military branch of service.

The U.S. Air Force — in all its forms over the years — has been instrumental to our national defense. Today, the Air Force provides air superiority, global intelligence collection capabilities and mobility, command and control, and the ability to strike anywhere in the world.

We are proud to serve and train with the Air Force’s 368th Training Squadron and 343d Training Detachments here at Fort Leonard Wood, training Airmen in areas including civil engineering, emergency management ground transportation, and heavy weapons gunnery. They also support Army, Navy and Marine Corps engineer and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear personnel through our interservice partnerships.

Happy birthday, Air Force, we are proud to serve with you!

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