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DAF recognizes Holocaust Days of Remembrance by connecting the past to future operations

The Department of the Air Force hosted a discussion April 19, featuring U.S. Army Chaplain (Col.) Laurence Bazer and retired U.S. Navy Chaplain (Capt.) Irving Elson on the theme of “Past Reflections for an Inclusive Future.”
Days of Remembrance DoD News

AFSOC, FWB Chamber of Commerce host final Doolittle Raiders ceremony, aerial review

The Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Air Force Special Operations Command, hosted the final Doolittle Raiders Goblet Ceremony in Niceville, Fla., April 18.
Distinguished visitors and the children of Col. (ret.) Dick Cole perform the final Doolittle Goblet toast during the Doolittle Raider Goblet Ceremony at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, Florida, April 18, 2022. On April 18, 1942, Airmen of the U.S. Army Air Forces flew 16 North American B-25 medium bombers aboard the U.S. Navy carrier USS Hornet to a location within take-off distance from the Japanese islands for a direct air operation against Tokyo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Esau) Staff Sgt. Brandon Esau

Last of Doolittle Raiders memorialized

Remembered as a man who faithfully served his country and was a devoted father and a man of faith, Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole, the last of the Doolittle Raiders, was honored and posthumously promoted to the rank of colonel during a Sept. 7 ceremony at the Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Golf Course ballroom.
Air Force Honor Guard members fold the U.S. flag during the interment of retired Col. Richard E. Cole. David DeKunder

78th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid

April 18 marks the 78th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, in which Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle, U.S. Army Air Forces, and Vice Adm. William F. Halsey Jr., U.S. Navy, led a joint bombing operation on the Japanese mainland aimed to inflict both material and psychological damage upon the enemy following the attacks on Pearl Harbor.
(U.S. Air Force courtesy graphic) DoD News

Royal Air Force Museum American Foundation honors Berlin Airlift veterans

The Royal Air Force Museum American Foundation celebrated the 70th anniversary of the end of Berlin Airlift at their annual “Spirit of the Battle of Britain” banquet last month to honor these veterans for their contributions to the alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom.
Retired Col. Gail Halvorsen poses for a photo during a Veterans Day event at Hondo Municipal Airport, Texas, Nov. 9, 2013. Halvorsen was called the “Candy Bomber” because he was known to drop candy with attached parachutes to children during the Berlin Airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder) Ashley M. Wright

World War II laborer champions ‘Rosie the Riveter’ legacy at Pentagon, Capitol Hill

When it comes to symbolizing the influx of women in the workforce and the wave of patriotism and feminism that surge sparked during World War II, few American icons are more recognizable than “Rosie the Riveter.” Artist J. Howard Miller’s 1942 poster, featuring a bandanna-donning, blue-collared woman with the famed flex beneath the rally cry, “We Can Do It!” grew over time to represent millions of women who stepped up to fill various stateside labor-intensive jobs once held by men, now tapped to fight German and Japanese forces. Master Sgt. Amaani Lyle