By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– A festive celebration of the 67th birthday of the United States Air Force will be co-hosted by the Veterans Success Center and the Air Force ROTC Det. 002 at Cal State San Bernardino on Friday, Sept. 26.
The military-themed event will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of CSUSB’s Performing Arts Building for a short program with guest speakers, then move to the south lawn of the John M. Pfau Library to watch a flyover demonstration of Korean War-era T-34 airplanes from the March Field Aero Club.
A reception will conclude the celebration with an invocation by Chaplain Lt. Col. Ron Prosise of the California Air National Guard. A birthday cake, which will be cut by the youngest and oldest airmen, and light refreshments will be served.
The event is free and open to the public; parking at university is $5 per vehicle. The celebration is co-sponsored by CSUSB’s Air Force ROTC Det. 002, the Student Veterans Organization and Associated Students, Inc.
“Through this celebration, we want to create a better understanding of military culture by exposing the campus and the community to the time-honored traditions of the U.S. Air Force,” said Marci Daniels, director of the CSUSB Veterans Success Center and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Welcoming remarks will be made by Lt. Col. Charles Peterson, commander of CSUSB’s Air Force ROTC Det. 002, followed by the keynote address delivered by Brig. Gen. John Flournoy Jr., commander of the 4th Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command at March Air Reserve Base.
On Sept. 18, 1947, the Army Air Forces became the U.S. Air Force — a separate and equal branch of the United States Armed Forces.
“As the campus celebrates the establishment of the U.S. Air Force as a separate service organization, we are reminded of its proud heritage and promising future,” said Daniels.