The Air Force celebrates 72 years heritage

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  • By Acting Secretary of the Air Force Secretary Matthew Donovan, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth Wright

To the Airmen of the United States Air Force:


            On 18 September, 2019, we celebrate the 72nd birthday of the United States Air Force.  This year’s theme, “Frontiers of Blue…This is 72!” is about our heritage, warfighting capability, and innovation.


Our heritage officially started in 1947, but our roots reach farther back.  Our story began with a garage startup, two bicycle mechanics, and an airplane.  Today we’re going faster, higher, and smarter than ever before in air, space, and cyberspace domains.


The key to our warfighting success is working alongside our joint partners and allies in every corner of the world, on every mission, across multi-domain operations.


Breaking barriers through innovation takes top talent, and Airmen are our most valuable resource.  The success of our Air Force hinges on the professionalism, dedication, skill, and heroism of each of you.  To win future conflicts we must be bold, continue to seek out innovators, and develop leaders who will deliver the competitive edge we need for tomorrow.


            You and your families are woven into the fabric of this great heritage and we are honored to serve alongside you.  Join us in wishing a Happy 72nd Birthday to the United States Air Force.




Matthew P. Donovan                                               David L. Goldfein

Acting Secretary of the Air Force                           General, USAF

   Chief of Staff




   Kaleth O. Wright

                                                                                 Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force