By Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson , U.S. Air Force Academy superintendent
/ Published April 14, 2016
Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson (U.S. Air Force photo)
April 14 marks the 68th birthday of the Air Force Reserve, created on this day in 1948 when President Truman transferred the Army Air Corps Reserves to the Air Force, making the Air Force Reserves its own distinct component of our military services.
Today, America's citizen Airmen serve in over 66 communities throughout the U.S. and overseas, including at the Air Force’s Academy. Together, we share a history built upon a proud legacy of the citizen Airmen.
As we continue our mission of producing leaders of character who not only serve the nation as members of the military, in government, in business and in the community, understanding our heritage provides a foundation to build on for the future. As the profession of arms becomes more networked and interconnected, our military will require the mental agility to operate in a rapidly changing, complex and dynamic environment. The U.S. Air Force Academy will continue to produce leaders who embody the legacy and strengths of our Total Force.
As a total Force, we look forward to our continued success and thank the Air Force Reserve for their significant contributions.
Happy Birthday, Air Force Reserve!