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AFSOC celebrates Air Force's 71st birthday

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Maj. Gen. Michael Plehn, deputy commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, and Airman 1st Class Jadlayshu Williams, Headquarters AFSOC Operations Center Global Support Division apprentice, finish cutting an Air Force birthday cake at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Sept. 18, 2018. Members of the Headquarters staff celebrated the Air Force’s 71st Birthday in the AFSOC Hall of Heroes, honoring those who made significant contributions to the defense of the nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lynette Rolen)

Two people cutting a cake.

Maj. Gen. Michael Plehn, deputy commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, and Airman 1st Class Jadlayshu Williams, Headquarters AFSOC Operations Center Global Support Division apprentice, cut an Air Force birthday cake in honor of the Air Force’s 71st birthday at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Sept. 18, 2018. It is a long-standing Air Force tradition for the most senior ranking and youngest Airmen to cut the cake together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lynette Rolen)

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Maj. Gen. Michael Plehn, deputy commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, speaks with Airman 1st Class Jadlayshu Williams, Headquarters AFSOC Operations Center Global Support Division apprentice at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Sept. 18, 2018. AFSOC celebrated the 71st birthday of the Air Force by hosting a cake cutting ceremony, honoring tradition established since 1947. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lynette Rolen)

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Air Force Special Operations Command celebrated the 71st birthday of the Air Force by hosting a cake cutting ceremony, honoring tradition established since 1947.