Niagara celebrates Air Force Reserve 72nd Birthday

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  • By Airman 1st Class Kelsey Martinez
  • 914th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

The United States Air Force Reserve celebrates its birthday every year on April 14; tracing their heritage all the way back to 1916 when the National Defense Act created the Reserve Air Power now known as Air Force Reserve Command.

President Harry S. Truman envisioned a program where reservists continually trained year-round and stood ready to serve during wartime when needed, and Air Force reservists have been a critical part of the nation’s defense since 1948.

With a force of nearly 70,000 Airmen, over time, one thing has remained the same, Reserve Citizen Airmen from across the country have raised their right hand and taken the Oath of Enlistment to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  Regardless of the cost, each Airmen has answered their nation’s call.

The Air Force Reserve has succeeded over the course of 72 years by investing in Airmen, by providing training and ample opportunity for career growth, and to excel as an innovative, agile, experienced, well-trained combat ready force.

The 914th Air Refueling Wing’s own mission to recruit, train, and retain an unrivaled force ready to fly, flight and win in air, space and cyberspace continues this proud tradition of excellence.