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U.S. Air Force students and faculty assigned to the Naval War College extend a warm invitation to join them in celebrating the Air Force’s 64th anniversary on Friday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. on the Colbert Plaza. 
 
The event will commemorate the founding of the Air Force as unique armed service and honor more than 683,000 active duty, guard, reserve, and civilian Airmen currently serving in locations around the globe. Director of Global Power Programs, Major General Jay Lindell, will be the guest speaker. 
 
The military’s interest in airpower began in 1907 with the assignment of an aviation section to the Army Signal Corps that evolved into the famed Army Air Corps of World War II.  With the National Security Act of 1947, the Air Force became a separate service on Sept. 18. Today, the United States Air Force has developed highly-trained and technically proficient Airmen to provide unique air, space and cyberspace capabilities alongside joint, coalition, and civil agency partners in support of U.S. national objectives.

As part of this year’s celebration, the 106th Rescue Wing from Long Island, NY will perform a Combat Search and Rescue/Personnel Recovery demonstration, which will be visible from Colbert Plaza. The demonstration will be performed by an HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter, and the USAF GUARDIAN ANGEL weapon system. GUARDIAN ANGEL is an Air Force non-aircraft weapon system program – based in both human and equipment capabilities – formulated to execute Air Force Combat Search and Rescue and Personnel Recovery across the full spectrum of military operations.
 
All Naval War College staff, faculty, students, and families are invited to participate in this time honored birthday ceremony. Due to security and base access requirements, please plan sufficient time to allow family members a smooth transition through security checkpoints, should they choose to attend. In the event of inclement weather, the aerial demonstration may be cancelled.

From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs