JANUARY 7 Over Somalia, an Air Force AC-130H Spectre gunship destroys a suspected al-Qaeda training camp.
January 24 AC-130H Spectre gunships
conduct a second round of strikes against suspected al-Qaeda terrorist training camps in Somalia.
MARCH 29 In Washington, D. C., the Tuskegee Airmen are awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for their service in World War II, and for helping to frame the civil rights issue in the postwar period.
AUGUST 1 Ceremonies are held marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the U. S. Army Signal Corps, the lineal antecedent of the U. S. Air Force.
AUGUST 31 In Washington, D. C., Defense Secretary Robert Gates is notified as to the mistaken transport of six nuclear-tipped cruise missiles from Minot
Air Force Base, North Dakota, to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, onboard a B-52 bomber.
OCTOBER 19 In Washington, D. C., the Air Force publicly acknowledges that six
nuclear-tipped cruises missiles were mistakenly transported on a B-52 bomber; such incidents are referred to as a Bent Spear.