2005-09-08 / News

U.S. Air Force set to fly over Jamestown, Newport

On Thursday, Sept. 15, U. S. Air Force students and faculty assigned to the Naval War College will host a celebration in honor of the Air Force’s 58th anniversary.

The celebration activities will begin at noon on Colbert Plaza at the Naval War College and include a flyover of numerous Air Force and Air National Guard aircraft.

Colonel Roger H. Ducey III, the Senior Air Force advisor to the Naval War College is scheduled to speak at the ceremony.

“It seems fitting that we, the Air Force faculty and students at the Naval War College, commemorate the day in the company of our sister services,” said Col Ducey. “It is only through the joint efforts of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard that we have the freedoms and security we all share today.”

Aircraft expected to participate in the flyover include the B-2, F15C, F-16C, A-10, and C-130. Operations tempo permitting, this will be the first time the B-2 Spirit has flown over the Naval War College.

Cake and beverages will be served immediately after the ceremony, and all Naval War College faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Spruance Hall lobby.

Although U.S. air power history actually began in 1907 with the assignment of an aviation section to the Army Signal Corps which matured over time into the famed Army Air Corps of World War II, the Air Force did not become a separate service until 1947.

The National Security Act of 1947 established an independent Air Force and placed the Army, Navy, and Air Force on an equal level under a civilian Secretary of Defense.

The Department of the Air Force began operating as a separate entity on Sept. 18, 1947.

The public is encouraged to observe the flyover from vantage points throughout Newport and Jamestown.

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