"On August 29, 1916, Congress passed the Naval Reserve Appropriations Act that established the Naval Reserve Flying Corps.
Approximately seven months later, March 24, 1917, 12 students from Yale led by F. Trubee Davison (the
Yale unit) volunteered enmasse to become what is recognized as the first Naval Air Reserve flying squadron. From that beginning,
Naval Air Reservists have served in every crisis that has confronted the nation including World WarsI and II, Korea, the Berlin Airlift,
Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm."
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