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DAYTON, Ohio - Enlisted Heritage exhibit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Enlisted Heritage exhibit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Note: This exhibit is located at the end of the Gift Shop.

(as shown in the photo from left to right)

Enlisted Mechanic - World War I (1918)
The fledgling U.S. Army Air Service required enlisted mechanics to keep the planes flying. 

Aerial Gunner - World War II (1943)
Thousands of enlisted gunners, like this B-25 gunner from the Pacific Theater of Operations, defended U.S. Army Air Forces bombers from enemy fighters.

Women's Army Corps - World War II (1944)
Enlisted WACs served a vital role in World War II by filling non-combat positions, which released more men for combat. 

U.S. Air Force - Korean War (1951)
Despite the cold winters on the Korean Peninsula, enlisted personnel performed the multitude of duties necessary, such as radar and radio maintenance, the keep the newly formed U.S. Air Force operational. 

Air Base Defense - Vietnam (1970)
Enlisted personnel guarded U.S. Air Force installations throughout Southeast Asia. 

USAF Combat Controller - Today (2002)
Combat Controllers (CCT) are ground combat forces assigned to Special Tactics Squadrons with the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). Air, land and sea qualified, Combat Controllers deploy with Army, Navy and Marine Corps units to provide vital air support for both conventional and unconventional missions. 

Airlift - Today (2000)
Today's U.S. Air Force projects air power in many ways. This loadmaster ensures that critical materiel and supplies are airlifted around the world.  

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