This week in Holloman history

Maj. General H. H. "Hap" Arnold

Maj. General H. H. "Hap" Arnold

HOLLOMAN AFB, NM -- This week in Holloman history

Sept. 18, 1947:
· The United States Air Force became a separate service.
· The Air National Guard became a separate Reserve component of the U.S. Air Force.
· W. Stuart Symington is sworn in as the first Secretary of the Air Force.
· Army air activities are transferred to the new Department of the Air Force.

Sept. 20, 1949:
· As a result of a major reorganization, the 2754th Experimental Wing was activated at Holloman AFB. The 2754th oversaw all research and development projects at Holloman.

Sept. 22, 1938:
· Maj. Gen. H. H. Arnold is appointed Chief of Air Corps.

Sept. 22, 1955:
· The first run took place on Holloman's 120-foot long "Daisy Track," named after the Daisy toy air rifle. The track continued its service into the early 1980s.