MSCoE CG and CSM Send: Happy 76th Birthday, U.S. Air Force

By Maj. Gen. Christopher Beck, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, and MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood Command Sgt. Maj. Jorge ArzabalaSeptember 13, 2023

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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — On Monday, we will celebrate the United States Air Force’s birthday. For the past 76 years, the men and women of the United States Air Force have been diligently safeguarding the sky above.

In 1907, the Aeronautical Division was established as a subcomponent of the United States Army’s Signal Corps. The division was responsible for securing the first motorized military aircraft and establishing schools and training curriculum for military aviators. Throughout World War I, the Aeronautical Division underwent multiple rounds of renaming and was established as the United States Army Air Service in 1918. In 1926, the Air Service was renamed the United States Army Air Corps, as aviation capabilities were becoming increasingly important in modern warfare. On Sept. 18, 1947, President Harry Truman effectively established the United States Air Force as its own branch of service by signing the National Security Act.

The U.S. Air Force is a force multiplier like no other. In today’s multidomain battle space, the Air Force not only provide air security and superiority, but also global intelligence collection capabilities and mobility, command and control, and the ability to strike anywhere in the world at any time.

We are proud of our intertwined history with our sister service. On Fort Leonard Wood, we keep this enduring tradition alive by hosting and training with the Air Force’s 368th Training Squadron and 343rd Training Detachment. Our Airmen train 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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