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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Answer to: “What are your most vivid memories upon arriving at your first duty station (after training)?”
A Sailor, in 1988, at an Air Force Base in Japan answers the question.