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Air Force 60th Anniversary flag raised at memorial

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne and Air Force Chief of Staff T. Michael Moseley were the hosts for the 60th Anniversary flag-raising ceremony at the Air Force Memorial March 1.

"On this day, the man who used the B-17 to such a great effect, General Tooey Spaatz, formally succeeded General of the Army Hap Arnold, commanding general, Army Air Forces," said General Moseley.

According to 60th Anniversary officials, the logo was developed to capture the theme of the Air Force's 60th anniversary, Heritage to Horizons: Commemorating 60 Years of Air and Space Power.

The Hap Arnold wings on the logo signify the Air Force's heritage of ingenuity, courage and resolve. The three spires represent the new Air Force Memorial and are evocative of flight and of the contrails of the Air Force Thunderbirds' bomb burst maneuver.

The memorial's spires represent the Air Force's core values: integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. Also represented are the integral components comprising the Air Force: uniformed servicemembers, civilians and industry partners. Their upward extension signifies the service's commitment and resolve toward shaping the future.

The logo's dual shades represent air and space, where the Air Force flies and fights to protect America's freedom.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the flag was raised at the memorial's entrance by Airman 1st Class Donald Meissner and and Airman Steven Lowery of the United States Air Force Honor Guard.

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