CIA Hosts Its First Armed Forces Day Celebration
To celebrate the July 4th holiday, and the sacrifices that American service members continue to make for our freedoms, CIA.gov is highlighting the Agency's first ever Armed Forces Day Celebration that occurred earlier this year.
“Armed Forces Day gives us an opportunity to thank the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and coast guardsmen … for the many sacrifices they make, day in and day out, for their country,” said CIA Director (D/CIA) John Brennan during the CIA’s first-ever Armed Forces Day Celebration in May 2013.
“In the post-9/11 era, it is an undeniable fact that the CIA and the Intelligence Community have been working closer than ever before with our partners in the US military,” said D/CIA Brennan. “This has been decisive in our successes against our nation’s adversaries in the past decade.”
Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper, a retired lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force, keynoted the event. He echoed D/CIA Brennan’s praise for the close relationship between the Agency and the Armed Forces, highlighting that the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was the predecessor organization of both the CIA and the military’s Special Operations Forces. The CIA, the Air Force and the Department of Defense also share a birthday— 18 September 1947—as they were all established by the National Security Act of 1947. “That coincidence of birth,” Clapper said, “established an affinity between the CIA and the Armed Forces from the very outset.”
The federal government first celebrated Armed Forces Day in 1950 to honor Americans serving in the five US Military branches—the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard—following the consolidation of the military services in the US Department of Defense.