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NEWPORT, R.I. - U.S. Air Force students and faculty assigned to the Naval War College will celebrate the Air Force’s 63rd anniversary on Sept 17 at 2:00 on Colbert Plaza. The event will commemorate the founding of the Air Force as an independent service and honor the over 683,000 active duty, guard, reserve, and civilian Airmen currently serving in locations around the globe. Lieutenant General (retired) Richard E. “Tex” Brown is scheduled to speak at the ceremony. 
 
Cake and beverages will be served and the festivities will include flyovers by HH-60 helicopters from the 106th Rescue Wing at Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton, New York and F-15C aircraft from the 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Massachusetts. The flyovers will be visible from vantage points throughout Newport and Jamestown.
 
All Naval War College staff, faculty, and students and their families are invited to the ceremony. Please allow time to get family members through security, should they choose to attend. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the Spruance Hall lobby and the flyover may be cancelled.
 
U.S. airpower history began in 1907 with the assignment of an aviation section to the Army Signal Corps that matured into the famed Army Air Corps of World War II. The Air Force became a separate service when the National Security Act was enacted on September 18, 1947. Since that time, the service has developed highly-trained and technically proficient Airmen that provide unique air, space and cyberspace capabilities alongside joint, coalition and civil agency partners in support of U.S. national objectives.
 
By Maj. Michelle Kneupper, CNC&S Student, Naval War College