Victory in Europe Day pioneered 16th Air Force’s missions

A reflex crew preps for a mission at Torrejon Air Base, Spain in 1959. On July 16, 1956, U.S. Air Force officials redesignated the Joint United States Military Group in Spain to 16th Air Force under Strategic Air Command and U.S. Air Forces in Europe to counter the Soviet Union’s hardline occupation of eastern Europe. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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