By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Special to GUIDON
On Sept. 18, we celebrate the 72nd birthday of the United States Air Force, established as its own military branch of service in 1947 when President Truman signed the National Security Act.
Brave patriots have long defended our way of life from the skies. From the U.S. Army Balloon Corps’ aerial reconnaissance missions in the Civil War to the U.S. Army Air Forces’ intelligence gathering, troop insertion, and atomic weaponry conveyance in World War II, American air power has long been superior.
Still today, the U.S. Air Force remains fully engaged as part of America’s Joint Force in every region of the world and in multi-domain operations key to our warfighting success and the security of our nation.
At Fort Leonard Wood, the 364th Training Squadron, Detachment 1, develops innovators with technical skills, ready to enable success in any operation.
Each year, approximately 1,400 Airmen leave Fort Leonard Wood prepared in the fields of Ground Transportation, Engineering and Emergency Management, Pavements and Equipment, Vehicle Operations, and Security Forces. Approximately 1,000 more Airmen attend other services’ courses on post.
Airmen, take pride, celebrate your heritage and your warfighting strength.
We are proud to serve with you. Thank you for helping make this the greatest team on Earth.
Happy Birthday, Air Force. “Aim High …Fly-Fight-Win!”
Victory starts here — victory through skill.
(Editor’s note: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Breckinridge is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)