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Photo of the Day: Celebrating the Air Force Birthday

A flag-raising ceremony was held at The Fairfax Retirement Community.

Today, Sept. 18, 2012, marks the 65th birthday of the United States Air Force. The milestone was commemorated by more than a dozen veteran aviators and officers at an early-morning flag-raising ceremony at The Fairfax, a military retirement community just outside Fort Belvoir. 

The U.S. Air Force was originally part of the Army Air Corps, which was formed during the first World War. The Air Force resulted from the National Security Act of 1947, which also reorganized the country's intelligence service and formed the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

There are now more than 300,000 active-duty Air Force personnel, and the service is regarded as the most highly advanced aerial fighting force on earth. 

Sally Spangler September 20, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Hi, James, Has anyone looked for the photos of the bi-plane flying (rather close tp the ground at Fort Myer oh so many years ago? It was certainly before I was born. Still, a real piece of American history. Sally

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