Arnold invites community members to celebrate Air Force's 60th anniversary

Release Number: 010807

Previously part of the Army Air Corps, the Air Force was formed as a separate branch of the military on Sept. 18, 1947.

Previously part of the Army Air Corps, the Air Force was formed as a separate branch of the military on Sept. 18, 1947.


Arnold Engineering Development Center officials will sponsor a celebration of the Air Force's 60th anniversary Sept. 30 at the Gossick Leadership Center recreation area on base. 

The festivities are open to the public and will begin at noon and conclude with a fireworks display at 8:15 p.m. 

"We are inviting members of the local communities to celebrate the Air Force's 60th anniversary with us because without their support, there wouldn't be an Air Force," said Col. Art Huber, AEDC commander. "This also is a great way for us all to celebrate together and recognize the great sacrifices Airmen have made for the last 60 years in defense of this nation." 

This non-alcoholic event is free and will include carnival rides, games, build-a-boat contest, Air Force displays and music. Food vendors will be available. Free public parking will also be available. 

President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947, establishing the United States Air Force as a separate service under the National Military Establishment later renamed the Department of Defense in 1949. 

Stuart Symington was sworn in as the first Secretary of the Air Force by Chief Justice Fred Vinson on Sept. 18, 1947, establishing the United States Air Force as truly an independent arm of the U.S. military. 

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