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80 years ago, National Guard units played key role in D-Day landings
June 6, 2024
The build-up of Omaha Beach. Reinforcements of men and equipment moving inland. Photo courtesy of Center of Military History.

History Today, June 6: The role of signals intelligence or 'ULTRA' on D-Day
June 6, 2024
U.S. Soldiers disembark a landing craft under heavy fire off the coast of Normandy, France, June 6, 1944. (Photo Credit: National Archives U.S. Coast Guard Collection)

Navy Medicine at D-Day: Stories of valor and sacrifice
June 6, 2023
Navy medical personnel help evacuate wounded soldiers at Normandy, June 1944.

Weather prime factor in D-Day and even more important in warfare today
June 6, 2023
The D-Day landings in Normandy on 6 June 1944 marked the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe.  Few people realize that weather was the deciding factor in the timing of the momentous landings. The Sixteenth Air Force’s (16 AF) 557th Weather Wing (WW) played an active role in Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, decision on the evening of 4 June to postpone the largest amphibious operation in human history for 24 hours. The 557 WW, then known as the Army Air Forces Weather Wing, part of a British-American Meteorological team, issued a forecast on 4 June that called for unfavorable conditions for landings on 5 June with marginal conditions for 6 June. After much discussion, the SACEUR made the fortuitous decision to move the landings to 6 June. Today, as the United States, it allies, and the West face new threats in Europe and the Pacific, 16 AF (AFCYBER), the USAF’s Information Warfare (IW) Numbered Air Force leads the on-going fight in the Competition Continuum. Just as it was nearly eight decades ago, weather is still a prime factor in IW.

On D-Day Anniversary, Austin, Milley call on all to defend democracy
June 6, 2023
A group of World War II veterans and others, some seated, others standing, salute and pay respects during a ceremony.

GIs remember D-day, 75 years later
June 6, 2019
U.S. Soldiers disembark a landing craft under heavy fire off the coast of Normandy, France, June 6, 1944.

Women's History Month: Saving lives as World War II flight nurse
March 13, 2019
U.S. Army Air Corps flight nurse 1st Lt. Madeline “Del” D’Eletto comforts three wounded soldiers on a flight from the east coast of the U.S. to a Texas hospital.