Since its inception in 1947, the U.S. Air Force has built a fabled history on the backs of brave men and women in uniform.
These individuals each have their own stories to tell. Their lives, like everyone else’s, have their struggles and hardships but also a plethora of joy. The only difference for these Airmen is their commitment to the service of their nation and those they love.
Retired Col. James Elsner, a 100-year-old former pilot once assigned to the 18th Fighter Squadron, has a story of his own which predates the Air Force itself.