The Air Force Reserve Celebrates 69th Birthday
Today the Air Force Reserve celebrates its 69th birthday. Since President Harry S. Truman first called for the formation of the Air Force Reserve on April 14th 1948, it has been a critical part of our nation’s defense. Its mission is to provide combat ready forces to Fly, Fight and Win. The Air Force Reserve currently performs approximately 20 percent of the work of the Air Force including: traditional flying missions, Personal Recovery, Modular Aerial Fire Fighting and Modular Weather Reconnaissance.
Air Force Reserve history facts:
-On April 14th 1948, the Army Air Corps Reserve transferred to the Air Force, officially becoming the Air Force Reserve.
-Since the Reserve’s establishment as a separate part of the Air Force, Reservists have played vital roles in U.S. operations including the Korean War, Vietnam, and Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
–In 1948 Lt. Gen. George Stratemeyer became the first commander of the Continental Air Command, which took responsibility over Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard personnel.
–Jackie Cochran was a pioneer for women in Air Force aviation. Cochran founded and directed the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots program. WASP pilots were the first females in America’s history to fly American military aircraft.