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The United States Air Force is the largest and most technological advanced aeronautical
military division in the world. There are over 350,000 active duty members, 69,000 reservists,
and 95,000 National Guard members serving in the United States Air Force. In 2009, the United
States Air Force employed over 171,000 civilian employees to aid in support of their mission.
The Air Force mission is to fly, fight, and win in air, space and cyberspace. In order to
achieve that mission the Air Force has a vision of global vigilance, reach, and power. The Air
Force vision centers around three core competencies: developing Airmen, technology to war
fighting, and integrating operations. The Air Force core competencies make their six distinctive
capabilities possible. These capabilities include air and space superiority, global attack, rapid
global mobility, precision engagement, information superiority, and agile combat support. The
Air Force also has three core values which are integrity first, service before self, and excellence
in all they do.
The United State Air Force started out as a division of the United States Army in 1907.
Through several organizational changes, titles, and missions, the United States Air Force became
a branch of the military itself on September 18, 1947. It was on this date, when the United States
Government created the National Security Act of 1947. The act created the Department of
Defense which was divided into three branches including the Department of the Army,
Department of the Navy, and the newly created Department of the Air Force.
The United States Air Force, along with all other military branches, is facing a moral