The Air Force Detachment at White Sands Missile Range, Air Detachment One, 586 Flight Test Squadron hosted a United States Air Force 68th Birthday Celebration at the White Sands Missile Range Cox Range Control Center Sept. 18.
In a proclamation, WSMR Commander Brig. Gen. Timothy Coffin declared for one day, Sept. 18, White Sands Missile Range would be called White Sands Air Force Base in honor of the strong partnership between services and the Air Force Birthday.
“The term White Sands Air Force Base is intended to reinforce and celebrate the very close bond and spirit of mutual support we have amongst our joint service team,” read WSMR Executive Director Paul Mann from the proclamation.
In 1947 President Truman signed the National Security Act, which established the U.S. Air Force as an independent service, equal to the other branches of the military. The U.S. began partnerships with various countries to expand air superiority around the world.
“Ten years after World War II, the German aircraft industry had still not recovered,” said Lt. Col. Nico Wengler, German Air Force, Holloman Air Force Base.
“In 1956 the first German airman arrived in the United States expecting a proper education on how to dominate the 3rd dimension. This began a long partnership with the U.S. Air Force,” Wengler said during his remarks.
As with most military birthday celebrations the youngest and oldest members of a unit are selected to cut the cake.
“We are the baby of all the services, but we have done quite a bit in our 68 years here. I’m the youngest in our detachment so I was honored to be selected to cut the cake with our Chief,” said Airman 1st Class Jeremiah Robert Scott Jr., Air Detachment One, 586 Flight Test Squadron.