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GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Sept. 18, 2014) — Airmen from the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and NATO School Oberammergau, celebrate the 67th birthday of the U.S. Air Force Sept. 18 during the Senior Executive Seminar and NATO’s International Senior Enlisted Seminar at the Marshall Center here.

The event showcased the traditional cutting of the cake by the oldest and youngest Airmen present: Brig. Gen. Gerry Bolduc, assistant adjutant general for the Air, Marine Air National Guard and SES participant, and Staff. Sgt. Todd Carrier, from the NATO School Oberammergau. The U.S. Air Force is the aerial warfare service branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and one of the seven American uniformed services. Initially part of the U.S. Army, the USAF was formed as a separate branch of the military on Sept. 18, 1947 under the National Security Act of 1947.

It is the most recent branch of the U.S. military to be formed, and is the largest and one of the world’s most technologically advanced air forces.

(DOD photo by Karlheinz Wedhorn/RELEASED)