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Title: JFACC Evolution-Momyer

Action: Present two F-4's in the background and later show an image of Gen Momyer, also show the following text, as it is mentioned:

  • Korea and Vietnam both lacked unified and integrated air campaigns
  • Gen Momyer’s concepts for command structure
  • Voice: Following World War Two, the Air Force had great difficulty in gaining acceptance of the concept of a single air commander. Both the Korean War and the Vietnam War lacked a unified and integrated air campaign. This resulted in incoherent operations, some at cross-purposes. Throughout both wars, land and air campaign planning lacked sufficient coordination. At the time, at least one Air Force leader, General William Momyer, believed in and stressed the need for centralized control of Air Forces. General Momyer served in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam and retired from the Air Force in 1973. General Momyer was the single air commander during the Battle of Khe Sanh during the Vietnam War. In his book, Air Power in Three Wars, he discussed developing a command structure where all theater assigned assets are placed under a single unified commander. He advocated that those forces should be subdivided under this commander into components for land, naval, and air forces. General Momyer cited Khe Sanh, among other examples, to explain his rationale for having a single airman in control of the air battle.

    Action: Remove the previous text and present the following quote:

    "...Many airmen advocated establishing a single air commander for the command and control of all air operations—Air Force, Navy, Marines..."
    General Momyer, USAF (Ret), Air Power in Three Wars

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