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Title: USAF as Separate Service

Action: Begin with the first bullet and add each bullet in the list as mentioned in the narration, and show the seals of the Department of Defense and Air Force after the bullet list is completed:

Voice: By the end of World War Two, the Army Air Forces enjoyed a considerable degree of autonomy within the War Department. In fact, the Chief of The Army Air Forces was a full member of the Joint And Combined Chiefs of Staff, having served in that position since 1942. Coupled with the accepted doctrinal principles for command and employment of air power, the need for the establishment of a separate air force became compelling. The National Security Act of 1947 completely restructured the military departments and created an overall Department of Defense. Most significant was the creation of an independent United States Air Force. As Mitchell had envisioned decades earlier,…

Action: Insert a picture of Symington and Spaatz planning, with the following caption below the picture:

The inaugural Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Stuart Symington and General Carl Spaatz

Voice: …the United States now had a new defense department and an independent air force—a dream became reality!

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