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Title: GHQ Air Force Organization

Action: Begin with an organizational chart illustraing the organizational structure of the units which shows how the chain of command varied during war and peace. The chart is titled, The Army Air Arm (late 1935). At the top of the chart is the Secretary of War, followed by the Chief of Staff, the head of the Army General Staff. The chart branches below this group in two routes. During times of war the chain of command leads to the Theater Commander to the GHQ Air Force, and then the air wings. During peacetime the command goes directly from the Army General staff to the GHQ Air Force, as well as the Chief of the Air Corps. Hightlight both the war and peacetime chain of commands each is addressed. Then a highlight appears emphasizing the point that the Chief of the Air Corps, and GHQ Air Force were on level ground, as that point is mentioned.:

Voice: GHQ Air Force consolidated units in several corps areas into a single organization, which reported to the Chief of Staff in time of peace, and the theater commander in time of war. The commanding general of GHQ Air Force was coequal to the Chief of the Air Corps who retained responsibility for supply and individual training.

Action: Remove all highlights and show the chart in it's original state.

Voice: This organizational chart depicts the command setup for the Army air arm by late 1935. At least in theory, this organization allowed the theater commander to focus a centrally controlled air force on his most important objectives, taking advantage of the inherent capability of airpower to influence the entire theater. Under the guidance of the first commander of the new organization, Maj Gen Frank Andrews, the GHQ Air Force, as a unified striking force, became a reality.

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