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 “In American Samoa, we are very proud of all our men and women in uniform, and we are blessed to have some of our own serving in each branch of the Armed Forces. We take every opportunity to honor all of you and your important service to our country. Happy birthday to the U.S. Air Force!”

On the 18th of September 1947, the Air Force officially became a branch of the Armed Forces. Additionally, a proud air power history extends back through World War II to the early 1900s and the first military uses of flight.

Congresswoman Amata and USAF Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, with the National Air Force Memorial in the distance.  [photo: courtesy]

In May, Congresswoman Amata was one of five members of the Congressional Women’s Issues Caucus to highlight the career of an outstanding woman from one of the military services, as chosen by their service, and Congresswoman Amata was delighted to honor Chief Master Sergeant Mariah J. Armga, U.S. Air Force, at Arlington National Cemetery’s Women’s Memorial.

Congresswoman Amata honoring Chief Armga at the Women’s Memorial. [photo: courtesy]

Currently, the Air Force comprises 685,000 active-duty, guard, reserve and civilian forces. The Air Force is led by Acting Secretary Matthew Donovan, and Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein.

Happy birthday to the U.S. Air Force!

Aumua Amata