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AFSOC celebrates Air Force’s 72nd birthday

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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Vince Becklund, center, Air Force Special Operations Command deputy commander; U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Shannon, AFSOC deputy command chaplain; and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Bryce Smith, AFSOC Operations Center, cut an Air Force birthday cake at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 18, 2019. In keeping with tradition, Shannon and Smith cut the cake as the oldest and youngest in the headquarters. The Air Force turned 72 today. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lynette M. Rolen)

Three people standing together in front of a table

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Vince Becklund, center, Air Force Special Operations Command deputy commander, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Shannon, AFSOC deputy command chaplain, and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Bryce Smith, AFSOC Operations Center, finish cutting an Air Force birthday cake at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 18, 2019. The cake cutting ceremony has been a time-honored tradition since the establishment of the Air Force in 1947. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lynette M. Rolen)

Two people talking to one another.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Vince Becklund, Air Force Special Operations Command deputy commander speaks to U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Bryce Smith, AFSOC Operations Center, after cutting an Air Force birthday cake at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 18, 2019. The Air Force was officially established as the fourth branch of the Department of Defense on Sept. 18, 1947. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lynette M. Rolen)

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Vince Becklund, center, Air Force Special Operations Command deputy commander; U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Shannon, AFSOC deputy command chaplain; and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Bryce Smith, AFSOC Operations Center, cut an Air Force birthday cake at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 18, 2019. In keeping with tradition, Shannon and Smith cut the cake as the oldest and youngest in the headquarters. The Air Force turned 72 today. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lynette M. Rolen)