Four short months after the attack on
Pearl Harbor, 16 B-25 medium bombers and their crews, performing a feat never
before accomplished, launched from the Hornet aircraft carrier and initiated a
surprise attack on the Japanese Empire. Having no long-range bomber capability
available, B-25s were quickly modified, reducing
weight to increase performance, while crews trained on short distance takeoff
techniques. The plan called for the Hornet to move the aircraft by sea close
enough for a one-way strike mission on the Japanese mainland. The mission was a
resounding success of innovation, ingenuity, surprise, and extreme bravery.
The spirit of technological innovation, ingenuity, and patriotism lives on in Air
Force Materiel Command as we deliver solutions to America’s warfighters.
Today, aircraft can complete missions across the globe without a pilot ever
leaving U.S. soil. They have built-in systems that can detect a target, abort a
mission, and save pilots’ lives. Simply put, we changed the nature of war.
And behind every platform, innovation, and Air Force vision of the future is an AFMC Airman. Which means the only thing AFMC has to deal with… is everything.
We built the Air Force of today, and we are changing the nature of warfare for
tomorrow. From ground to space to human warfighter and everything in between, we
impact the entire lifecycle of every Air Force system. New ideas born of basic
laboratory research, technology development in areas such as artificial
intelligence, 3D printing, quantum science, and more… We prototype and experiment. We
test and field advanced Air Force systems. We support supply chain and
maintenance of both the new and aging aircraft and systems our fellow Airmen
need to complete their missions. Whether you’re talking about 60-year-old B-52
bombers, cutting-edge software, next generation warfighting capabilities, our
nuclear arsenal or the Air Force uniform of the future, AFMC is where our Air
Force comes for solutions. Beans to bullets…
roads to commodes… razors to lasers. Our Air Force depends on us to preserve our
heritage and modernize for the future. We are a command of innovators; an extreme
combination of dreamers and doers. Necessity is the mother of invention, but
we also have to look at what the necessities will be decades from now.
We’ve been turning imagination into reality for years. We were there for the
creation of the parachute, the computer mouse and GPS. We push limits on
hypersonics. We train astronauts. The cutting-edge base of the future? We’re
building it. A system that can save a pilot’s life? We invented it. The hardest
part of our job is figuring out what Airmen need that they don’t even know
they need yet. Our job is not simply to stay ahead of
technology. If it were just rocket science, that it’d be easy. Our job is to
stay ahead of our enemies–to ensure the Air Force is ready and able, anytime,
anyplace. If you need it we’ll get it to you. If it doesn’t exist,
we’ll make it exist, and then get it to you.
We do our wartime mission every day. Aim high, Airman.