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, 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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  • Lightning and Tornados - Summer Weather Safety

     LightningAt any given moment, there are 1,800 thunderstorms in progress somewhere on earth. According to the National Weather Service, this amounts to 16 million storms a year. In the United States, there are an estimated 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes each year. While lightning can

  • Location and geography

     Location Latitude 40° 40' N, Longitude 141° 23' E This is approximately the same latitude as Central Park in New York City; Newark, New Jersey; Kearney, Nebraska; Peoria, Illinois; Lima, Ohio; and Salt Lake City, Utah. Geographical Features Misawa City is located in the southeastern portion of

  • Lodging

    For accompanied members or unaccompanied members E-4 and above with more than three years of serviceMisawa has Temporary Lodging Facilities for incoming families. Reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis. Enlist the help of your sponsor or call DSN 315-222-0284/0282 to make