Dayton, Ohio’s National Museum of the USAF has received the 2023 Air Force Heritage Award for its exhibit, A Force for Good: Department of the Air Force Humanitarian Missions
The new award recognizes outstanding achievements by Department of the Air Force History and Museums Program personnel that foster a better understanding of the USAF’s history and achievements.
The museum’s exhibit A Force for Good highlights the domestic and global humanitarian missions conducted by the air force. From the earliest days of the Berlin Airlift to vital operations providing lifesaving relief today, it honours generations of dedicated, skilled and courageous personnel. According to museum curator Christina Douglass, the exhibit highlights several aspects that are not always well-known.
“It brings to light important duties of the Air Force mission that often do not get enough recognition,” she said. “The stories highlighted are truly amazing and we encourage everyone to come out to see this exhibit and learn more about all that the Air Force has contributed to help make our world a better place.”
Located in the museum’s Global Reach Gallery, it focuses on five mission areas: Aerial Delivery, Global Firefighting, Relief and Rescue, Goodwill Missions, and Critical Care. In 2023, the museum also celebrates its centenary. Since 1923 it has grown from a small engineering study collection to the world's largest military aviation museum, featuring more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles, plus thousands of other artifacts.