74th birthday of the United States Air Force
Founded on September 18th, 1947, the United States Air Force is the second-youngest branch of the military after the United States Space Force. The National Security Act of 1947 was signed in July of 1947 by President Truman, with Stuart Symington being sworn in as the first Secretary of the Air Force on September 18th, 1947, making today the Air Force’s 74th birthday.
Chuck Yeager was one of the more influential people in Air Force history due to him being the test pilot who would officially become the first human to break the sound barrier in an experimental Bell X-1, setting the stage for a revolution in aeronautics. He would become a Brigadier General after about 20 years in service, on June 22, 1969.
Celebrate the Birthday of Our United States of America Government
On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. We encourage all Americans to observe this important day in our nation's history by attending local events in your area. Celebrate Constitution Day through activities, learning, parades and demonstrations of our Love for the United State of America and the Blessings of Freedom Our Founding Fathers secured for us.
Land Navigation Course - 17SEP2021
Congratulations to the soldiers of Land Navigation Course class 21-06 (ARMA3) for successful completion of Land Navigation training! The Land Navigation course is designed teach the fundamentals of basic land navigating skills. This course assists Soldiers in Infantry and non-Infantry fitted rolls to understand the techniques required to land navigate. Students learn navigating from one point on the ground to another point individually.
American Legion Day
The American Legion was established shortly after World War One. The intention of the Legion was to serve military veterans, service members and their communities. Membership for the American Legion quickly rose postwar with over one million members and many local posts throughout the country. Today the Legion is over two million strong with more than thirteen-thousand posts worldwide.
As time rolled on, the American Legion has influenced substantial change when it comes to the care of the nation’s servicemen and their families within the United States. Hundreds of benefits have been made available for those in need including psychological help, housing, jobs and many more.
For a bit of history regarding the American Legion, the American Legion was chartered on September 16, 1919 with the first official convention convening in Minneapolis, Minnesota shortly after. During the 1920’s the formation of the US Veterans Bureau was created which would later lead to the well know Veterans Administration or as many know as, VA.
Today the American Legion can be easily accessed for those who are veterans or family of a veteran or active service member in one of its many posts throughout the country and the world. Many veterans turn to the Legion for aid. Whether it be emotional, financial or just social interaction to something they are now familiar with.
9/11 Remembrance Day
Image credit: SGT. Rodney Roldan, 99th Readiness Division
Today the free world marks 9/11 Remembrance Day, commemorating the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Known in the United States as Patriot Day, it is a national day of mourning, patriotism, and service.
Twenty years ago, 2,983 people died in the attacks, with thousands more injured, widowed, and orphaned.
The footage of American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 flying into the World Trade Center towers shocked and grieved Americans everywhere. The further news of American Airlines Flight 77 and United Airlines Flight 93 hitting the Pentagon and crashing in Shanksville, Pennsylvania deepened the horror of that morning.
But out of that horror came a desire to unite as a nation, and to serve.
Towns, cities, community organizations, businesses, and others did what they could to help. From helping to search the rubble of World Trade Center for survivors, to raising funds for victims, Americans worked together for the common good.
In the aftermath of the attacks, intelligence agencies worldwide quickly implicated al Qaeda as the group responsible. Realizing that war was inevitable, thousands of men and women volunteered for military service.
The nation also began to rebuild. Repairs to the Pentagon were completed within a year. In the years to follow, the World Trade Center underwent a renaissance, with a new tower now standing in lower Manhattan.
The event impacted the psyche of millions, setting the tone for a generation. Although two decades have passed, for many, it is impossible to forget.
Countless thousands of communities and organizations hold ceremonies annually, observing a moment of silence at 0846, the time of the first attack against the World Trade Center towers. Flags are flown at half-mast at Federal buildings and elsewhere.
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum will broadcast a livestream of its 20th anniversary 9/11 Commemoration ceremony beginning at 0840. Visit https://www.911memorial.org/live to view the stream.