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Sep 17 2017

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VFW Post 1503 Celebrates the Air Force 70th Birthday

 VFW Post 1503 Celebrates the Air Force 70th Birthday

 

September 16, 2017, Dale City, Virginia. The 70th Anniversary of the United States Air force is September 18, 2017. In order to accommodate the membership, VFW Post 1503 got a head start and celebrated the Air Force Birthday on Saturday, two days before.

 

Post 1503 Commander Tim Brown provided welcoming remarks with the Post 1503 Chaplain, Ed Bennett, and also Air Force Veteran, gave introductory remarks. 

The keynote speaker was the Commander of Virginia’s District 10, Chuck Wilson, who is a retired Air Force Colonel and a rated AF Command Pilot.

District Commander Wilson’s  remarks included how the Air Force as we know it today evolved from what was the Air Service of the US Army Signal Corps. He then described in detail, Gen Billy Mitchell of WWI, who many regard as the “Father of the Air Force.” It was Billy Mitchell, whose outspoken advocacy of airpower as key to winning the next war, and as a separate service, cost him his career in 1925.  The Spad XVI that Gen Mitchell flew during WWI is on display at the National Air and Space Museum, Dulles which is near Washington DC.

 

 

 

In all over forty members and Auxiliary, young and old, attended from District 10. Following the brief, lunch was provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seen here with the District Commander is 89 year old retired Air Force MSgt Robert Goad. MSgt Goad retired from the Air Force in 1970.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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