50 Years Air Force Issues Book 1997
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC
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On September 18,1996, the Air Force entered its 50th Anniversary year celebrating it with the theme Golden Legacy--Boundless Future. Throughout this coming year Air Force members past and present, along with American citizens, young and old, will celebrate our five decades of service to this nation. As we celebrate our past, we remain focused on building an air and space force with the capabilities to meet the nations needs, now and in the future. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, we have worked to reshape the Cold War Air Force from one primarily focused on a single adversary, to one increasingly based in the continental United States CONUS, and able to rapidly deploy around the world and conduct operations across the spectrum of conflict. In 1990, we devised a map to guide us along that path our strategic vision for the start of the post-Cold War period, Global Reach -- Global Power. Global Reach -- Global Power articulated the capabilities the Air Force provides for our national security and gave a first look at how they would apply in the post-Cold War environment. For the past six years, this document has guided the Air Force draw-down, reorganization, and modernization and enabled the Air Force to preserve its readiness during a major reduction in force. Over the past few years, we have built upon the foundation put in place by Global Reach - Global Power and accelerated our planning to build the Air Force for the twenty-first century.
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