By John Mizerak –
The official date of the founding of the US Air Force is 18 September 1947. It was a momentous event that over six decades later has demonstrated the achievement of an Air Force second-to-none, yet the Air Force’s history and heritage goes back a lot further.
From the time that the US military purchased its first aircraft in 1909 up to 1947, the US Air Force did not exist as a separate and independent military service organization. It went through a series of designations: Aeronautical Section, Signal Corps (1909); Aviation Section, Signal Corps (1914); United States Army Air Service (1918); United States Army Air Corps (1926), United States Army Air Forces (1941).
WWII illustrated the value of airpower, and the need to change the basic organization of the US Military Forces. The result was the creation of a single Department of Defense with a strong Joint Chiefs of Staff with Army, Navy, and Air Force chiefs. In 1947 President Truman signed the National Security Act which established this new defense organization, and along with it the creation of the US Air Force as an independent service, equal to the US Army and US Navy. The official birthday of the US Air Force is 18 September 1947.
Through the years history has shown the wisdom and foresight of the creation of a separate Air Force. The US Air Force emerged quickly from its cradle and began to create its own history and heritage.
Obviously, through our Mighty Oaks programs, we see a growing awareness of PTSd, but we also find that Air Force veterans are often under-treated as they battle Post Traumatic Stress. In fact, those enlisted in the Marines and Army were almost four times more apt to affirm the existence of PTSd symptoms than those in the Air Force and Navy. Even for those who have not been formally diagnosed with PTSd, symptoms can persist, so if you are experiencing PTSd symptoms related to deployment or service in the Air Force, we invite Air Force veterans to apply for one of our Legacy Programs, or call us at (951) 240-3011.