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Title: Air Corps Tactical School

Action: Begin screen with a picture of the Air Corps Tactical School, as it appeared when it was in its early years. Present the following bullets as each is mentioned in the narration:

Voice: In 1920, the Army established a professional school for the Air Service much like the traditional schools for artillery, signal, and other branches. This air service school was significant in that it recognized aviation as a distinct specialty within the Army. As the school for the professional development of air officers, it served as the center for doctrinal thinking on airpower. The school started out at Langley Field, Virginia, as the “Air Service Field Officers’ School.” Its name was changed to the “Air Service Tactical School” in 1922. In 1926, the Air Corps became the branch for Army aviation and the school’s name was changed to the “Air Corps Tactical School.” In 1931 the school was permanently moved to Maxwell Field, Alabama. It was at the Air Corps Tactical School that the ideas of the early airpower theorists were scrutinized and formalized to form an integrated body of concepts for the future employment of airpower.

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