FILE: Airmen from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, hold a large, garrison-size American flag at half court during pregame ceremonies prior to the NCAA First Four Tournament at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio, March 14, 2018. During the game’s halftime events, Lt. Gen. Robert McMurry Jr., Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander, also administered the oath of enlistment to delayed enlistment to 32 personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wesley Farnsworth)

Air Force celebrating 71 years as standalone military branch

The United States Air Force is celebrating its 71st year today.

The Air Force was separated into its own military branch in 1947 during peace time, just a few years after the end of World War II. Today the Air Force has more than 50 installations around the U.S., including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton.

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The Air Force’s birthday generated several tweets and responses from leaders online including one from President Donald Trump who this morning posted “Happy 71st Birthday to our GREAT United States Air Force!” on Twitter.

Here are some of the top tweets celebrating the Air Force’s 71st birthday.

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