The United States Air Force (USAF) is the air service branch of the United States Armed Forces. It is one of the eight U.S. uniformed services. The U.S. Air Force articulates its core missions as air superiority, global integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, rapid global mobility, global strike, and command and control.
The USAF was initially formed as a part of the United States Army known as the U.S. Army Air Corps on August 1, 1907. Until after World War II, the USAF was established as a separate branch of the U.S. Armed Forces on September 18, 1947. Months prior to becoming an independent branch, the then Army Air Force was involved in the cover-up of the Roswell incident.
During the War of 1996, the Air Force partially reestablished U.S. military radio and radar capabilities after the aliens destroyed American communications satellites. AWACS were launched from Air Force bases near San Antonio and took over the place of the destroyed Comsats. The USAF were given the order to launch a simultaneous nuclear strike against the City Destroyers over American air space. However, the strike was eventually called off after a nuclear attack on a City Destroyer over Houston failed to penetrate the alien ship's shields.