This year marks a significant milestone for the U.S. Air Force. The youngest branch of the armed forces will turn 70, Sept. 18.
The Air Force became an independent and separate service from the Army when President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947. The act also created the National Security Council, reformed the country’s intelligence agencies and modernized foreign policy following World War II.
The Air Force isn’t the only organization celebrating achievements in 2017 though. Right here at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, the 911th Air Refueling Squadron celebrated their 100th birthday and the 4th Fighter Wing will celebrate their 75th birthday this fall.