Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day: Pantex’s Dr. Michael Paston reflects on importance of unified purpose

  • Posted: Monday, May 10, 2021, 1:33 pm

I have sometimes wondered what goes into designating a day an American holiday. Armed Forces Day, which is May 15 this year, began in 1949 after the armed forces were unified under one department — the Department of Defense. As someone who served in the Air Force, I have seen the benefits of people unifying for a purpose. This intangible force generates success, particularly in chaotic and uncertain times. We all agree 2020 was COVID chaotic, and 2021 will present uncertainty with the contract transition.