CSUSB veterans center to celebrate U.S. Air Force 66th birthday


The Veterans Success Center at Cal State San Bernardino, in collaboration with CSUSB’s Air Force ROTC, will celebrate the 66th birthday of the United States Air Force on Friday, Sept. 27, on the campus’s Pfau Library lawn from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking at the university is $5 per vehicle.

The celebration will begin with a brief address by the new commander of CSUSB’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 002, Lt. Col. Chas. Peterson. The invocation will be given by Chaplain Jeffrey Montanari of the California Air National Guard. At approximately 1:45 p.m., there will be a fly over of Korean War-era T-34 airplanes from the March Air Force Base Aero Club.

Following the outdoor celebration, the festivities will move to the Recital Hall of CSUSB’s Performing Arts building, where guest speaker Col. Paul Green, U.S. Air Force Ret., will share his experience of growing up in the Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Orphans Home and later becoming a World War II Tuskegee Airman. This group of dedicated and determined young men became America’s first Black military airmen, earning more than 850 medals for valor during combat.

During his military career, Col. Green earned 18 awards, honors and decorations, including a Meritorious Service Medal, an Air Medal and a Bronze Star. He ended his prestigious career as commander of San Bernardino’s Norton Air Force Base, serving from 1974-76. Green has served on the board of directors for many civic organizations and received an honorary doctorate from Tuskegee University in Alabama.

“On behalf of the Coyote family, we thank all those who are serving or have served in the U.S. Air Force for their sacrifice and commitment to the defense of our nation,” said Marci Daniels, coordinator of the CSUSB Veterans Success Center. “Through your daily efforts, you sustain the legacy for future generations of proud airmen.”

The United States Department of the Air Force was created by the National Security Act and became effective Sept. 18, 1947, when the first secretary of the Air Force took office. On Sept. 21, 1947, the Army Air Forces became the United States Air Force – a separate and equal element of the United States Armed Forces.

“As we celebrate the establishment of the United States Air Force as a separate service, we are reminded of their proud heritage and promising future,” said Daniels.

Beginning Sept. 20, the CSUSB Veterans Success Center will offer free airplane kits to campus departments and also  hold a contest to compete for the most innovative, longest flight and best stunts. Prizes will be awarded.

For more information and for disability accommodations (72-hour notice required), contact Marci Daniels at the Veterans Success Center at (909) 537-5196, or e-mail daniels@csusb.edu.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.