The U.S. Air Force will celebrate its 68th birthday with a celebration at Father Duffy Square Plaza in Times Square on Sept. 18, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Emceed by Food Network star and former Air Force broadcaster Sunny Anderson, the celebration will include presentation of a Mayoral Proclamation from Mayor Bill de Blasio; official remarks by Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, U.S. Air Force Academy Superintendent; and a traditional military cake-cutting ceremony.
Following the ceremonial portion of the celebration, the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team will perform. Exemplifying Air Force ceremonial precision, the 12-rifle drill team will showcase intricate rifle maneuvers, tosses and exchanges. After the drill team, the USAF Heritage of America Band’s ensemble The Blue Aces will perform an array of rock and R&B music.
In addition, Air Force Recruiting Service’s Rapid Strike Simulator will be available for visitors to experience airpower firsthand. Overall, participants will undergo Air Force missions such as an F-22 interception; a C-17 cargo drop; satellite communications; a remotely piloted aircraft mission; and a special operations mission.
Established on Sept. 18, 1947, the U.S. Air Force is comprised of more than 660,000 Airmen, Active Duty, Guard, Reserve and civilians – 22,000 of them from New York. Today, over 20,000 Airmen are deployed to more than 90 different locations. Every day, the Air Force flies hundreds of sorties – including presently in the Middle East. Since Aug. 8, 2014, Air Force aircraft have flown 66% of the more than 44,409 sorties supporting operations in Iraq and Syria.
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