Dear Members and supporters of the Foundation,
As the Spring 2020 of Air Power History goes to press, we are living through a period of real historical significance. Today’s Air Force professionals and their families continue dedicated service overseas, defending America’s security interests in combat and other critical roles. Guard, Reserve and Active members of many specialties are providing uniquely valuable and timely pandemic response in many different ways—all while sustaining America’s air, space and cyber missions, from education and training to deterrence and maintaining readiness to conduct multi-domain operations, now and in the future.
Air Force historians, others who who chronicle the Air Force’s history, and all who serve will draw their own lessons from the events of the last few months. Among them should be that we are at an inflection point, where it is increasingly visible that things we can’t see can make a real difference to Americans and their way of life: what happens in orbit, in the cyber domain, and even in the world of microorganisms can affect our homeland and deserve national attention.
Just as it helped build a vast, bi-national and multi-service air defense system in the 1950s and 60s to defend against Soviet bombers, the Air Force will be a key contributor to the vital national conversation about how to best counter multi-domain threats of the future. As we look forward to the 75th anniversary of the Air Force, AFHF can and will help document the evolution of the world’s best Air Force into world-class Air and Space Forces that will defend America’s highest ground against all who would contest it.
We hope that our May 7th annual meeting can be conducted as planned, but are working to prepare election and other materials for the membership in the event we are unable to do so. In the meantime, best wishes for health and good spirits.
Christopher D. Miller, USAF (Ret)
President and Chairman of the Board