Introduction to the Air Force
Of all the military services, the air force happens to be the youngest. It was originally created back in 1947 and it was created under what is known as the National Security Act. Before 1947, the Air Force was just considered to be a separate part of the Army or Armed Forces. The primary mission behind the Army Air Corps at this point was just to provide support for the ground forces of the Army. During World War II, however, it became quite apparent that air power had a greater amount of potential than simply to support the ground troops, and so at that point it was decided that the Air Force would be established as a completely separate service. The Air Force has a single primary mission which is to defend the US and all of its interests through the exploitation not only of the air, but of space as well.
In order for them to accomplish this mission, the entire Air Force is responsible for operating a variety of different types of aircrafts including fighter aircrafts, tanker aircrafts, heavy bomber aircrafts, light bomber aircrafts, transportation aircrafts, UAVs or unmanned aerial vehicles as well as helicopters which are used for a variety of special circumstances such as rescuing downed aircrew members or special mission operations. This branch of the military also happens to be responsible for nuclear ballistics missiles and all of the military satellites. There are currently approximately 317,000 personnel who are on active duty in the Air Force at any point in time.