April 14, 2024, marks the 76th birthday of the United States Air Force Reserve.
“Since President Harry Truman called for the formation of the Air Force Reserve in 1948, it has served as a critical part of the United States’ defense. Operating in various locations across the world, the Air Force Reserve has evolved from a standby force for emergencies to a Major Command of the active duty Air Force. The reserve currently performs about 20 percent of the work of the Air Force, including traditional flying missions and other more specialized missions, such as Weather Reconnaissance (Hurricane Hunters), Modular Aerial Fire Fighting, and Personnel Recovery (pararescue).”
Source: Museum of the American G.I.