The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven American uniformed services. Initially part of the United States Army, the USAF was formed as a separate branch of the military on 18 September 1947 under the National Security Act of 1947. It is the most recent branch of the U.S. military to be formed, and is the largest and one of the world’s most technologically advanced air forces. The USAF articulates its core functions as Nuclear Deterrence Operations, Special Operations, Air Superiority, Global Integrated ISR, Space Superiority, Command and Control, Cyberspace Superiority, Personnel Recovery,Global Precision Attack, Building Partnerships, Rapid Global Mobility and Agile Combat Support.

Vietnam War Era:  A great story about the “Ravens of Long Tieng, Loas.”  In the remote highlands of Laos, U.S. Air Force pilots fought a secret war.  Capt Fred Platt is mentioned to include a description of his last flight.

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A-37 in Vietnam

by Captain Richard Fulton I was doing some looking around the site, which will continue, but the very first article that caught my eye was the A-37. I had a flight on one of them, hitting bunkers in III Corps, aboard an aircraft based at Bien Hoa. It was a two ship sortie and I […]

Fulton Interview – Part 2

Captain Richard Fulton is interviewed by John Thomas Wiseman. What is one of the more memorable or impactful experiences during your National Security Career? The answer would have to be found in the years I spent in the reserve components of the United States Army, especially the Infantry experiences. I was a student at Pittsburg […]

Fulton Interview – Part 1

Captain Richard Fulton is interviewed by John Thomas Wiseman.  How would you define National Security and in what capacity have you been involved with United States National Security.  How did you get involved? (Approximate dates and job titles if possible). My federal career started with enlistment in the USAF in 1962. When the Cuban Missile […]