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Air Force Reserve celebrates 70 years

70th Air Force Reserve birthday

Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Chief of Air Force Reserve Command commander and Tech. Sgt. Rubelle Pineda, Headquarters U.S. Air Force Reserve Policy Integration administrative assistant uses a ceremonial sword to cut the cake during the 70th Air Force Reserve birthday celebration at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., April 12, 2018. The ceremony celebrated 70th years of the Air Force Reserve’s significant contributions in support of national security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark)

70th Air Force Reserve birthday

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein gives a speech during the 70th Air Force Reserve birthday cake-cutting ceremony at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., April 12, 2018. The ceremony celebrated 70th years of the Air Force Reserve’s significant contributions in support of national security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark)

70th Air Force Reserve birthday

Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of Air Force Reserve and Air Force Reserve Command commander, speaks to the audience at the Air Force Reserve 70th cake-cutting ceremony in the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., April 12, 2018. The ceremony celebrated 70th years of the Air Force Reserve’s significant contributions in support of national security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark)

70th Air Force Reserve birthday

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein gives a speech during the 70th Air Force Reserve birthday cake-cutting ceremony at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., April 12, 2018. The ceremony celebrated 70th years of the Air Force Reserve’s significant contributions in support of national security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of Air Force Reserve and Air Force Reserve Command commander, hosted the Air Force Reserve 70th Birthday celebration with a cake-cutting ceremony in Airman’s Hall at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, April 12. The event also featured Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein as a guest speaker.

The Air Force Reserve was created as a separate component on April 14, 1948, when the Army Air Corps Reserve was transferred to the Air Force. The Air Force Reserve lineage dates back over 100 years to when Reserve Airpower was established in the National Defense Act of 1916. Today nearly 70,000 Citizen Airmen are stationed locally in communities throughout the United States and overseas and serving globally for every Combatant Command in air, space, and cyberspace.

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