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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  • The Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) Program

    Program directly impacts mission readiness. The presence in the military environment of persons who engage in drug abuse seriously impairs accomplishing the military mission and is a thread to the health, safety, security and welfare of the total force. The success of this long-standing program is

  • Traveling from Narita Airport

    Air Mobility Command Travel from SeattleContact your Transportation Management Office about booking on the Patriot Express from Seattle. The aircraft departs Seattle each week and arrives at Misawa Air Base.Commercial Travel through Narita AirportFull information on Narita International Airport can

  • Traveling with pets

    For complete information on PCSing with a pet to Misawa go to the following websites: Import Requirements· Japan discourages the importation of dogs and cats under the age of 12 months. These pets

  • Trip Planning

    With nice weather comes the desire to get out of town. Fall road trips offer families time to hit the road together. But, do you plan ahead and practice risk management? Assess the situation: Identify and assess the hazards associated with a particular mission or activity Balance Controls: Consider