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Title: JFACC Evolution-Mitchell

Action: Present an image of Mitchell to screen left, and cycle through images of WWI. When mentioned in the narration present the following bullet list:

Voice: Billy Mitchell was the chief of the Air Service of the First American Army during September 1918 in the final months of World War One. He recognized the need for centralized control of offensive air operations. He requested that all air missions of American Army units, French units attached to the American Army, the French Air Division, and the French Night Bombardment Wing be assigned to him for execution. By concentrating almost 1500 allied aircraft in direct support of forces in the Saint. Mihiel offensive, Mitchell achieved both mass and unity of effort. With his command, Mitchell had a theater-wide view of the battlefield. His efforts during this period were so successful that the allies had another full-scale air attack planned for the Spring of 1919. However, the armistice in November 1918 prevented any further experience with central control of air forces at this level. Although General Mitchell wasn’t called a Joint or Combined Forces Air Component Commander, he certainly functioned very much like one.

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