The Department of the Air Force was created when President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947. It became effective Sept. 18, 1947, when Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson administered the oath of office to the first secretary of the Air Force, W. Stuart Symington, a position filled by presidential appointment.
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Pacific Air Forces


Pacific Air Forces, with headquarters at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, is one of nine major commands of the U.S. Air Force and is air component of the U.S. Pacific Command.
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  • Great Japan Earthquake Observance Notification

    Be aware that Misawa City will be sounding the alarm at 2:46 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, to signal a moment of silence in remembrance of those lost during the Great East Japan earthquake which struck the area March 11, 2011. ***The siren is not a notification of a real-world disaster. Please pass