(1) The United States military
is divided into distinct
branches. Each branch
has a specific purpose
statement that explains that purpose
. “The mission
of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight, and win… in air, space, and cyberspace.” That mission
statement of Air Force describes technologies that are relatively new, just like the Air Force is.
(2) The Army, Navy, and Marines were all established
in 1775 before the United States had even won it’s independence
from Great Britain. The Coast Guard was founded just 15 years later, but there was still no Air Force. The most obvious reason
that the Air Force wasn’t created in the 1700’s is that there were no airplanes that long ago.
(4) By 1947, the world had seen World War II. Airplanes played a pivotal role
in the war, and they did far more than support
troops that were already on the ground. The government
decided that it was time to create
a whole new military branch
. They had seen how important airplanes had been in World War II. On September 18, 1947, the United States Air Force was born.
(5) Today, the Air Force operates completely separate
from the Army. It is the second largest branch
of the United States military
. It is, by far, the largest air force
in the world. It has fighters, bombers, spy planes, and even satellites in space. It has a specific mission
, unlike any other American military branch
. The Air Force has come a long way in the last few decades. It will surely continue
to grow and change in the coming decades.