By Warren A. Trest
Lines using- and that means given to- the phrases "roles and missions" with regards to the militia and especially to the U.S. Air strength, from 1907 to the current.
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During the war, Navy pilots flew some bombardment and attack missions but primarily they patrolled the seas. Like the Army, the Navy developed aviation as a supporting arm of the fleet, its primary force. 78 Navy flyers did not join their Army colleagues in crusading for an independent air force. 79 Mitchell had shown he was not above stretching the facts to support his arguments. means of fighting in the air, we can carry the war to such an extent in the air as to almost make navies useless on the surface of the waters,” Mitchell told a Senate subcommittee in April 1919.
64 Congress and the public bitterly criticized government oversight and coordination of the aircraft program. Following an extensive Senate investigation, Congress passed the Overman Act of May 20, 1918, giving the president authority to regulate and coordinate wartime production. Upon signing the act, President Wilson issued Executive Order 2862 removing Army aviation from the jurisdiction of the Signal Corps and reorganizing the air arm into two bureaus. In anticipation of the presidential order, the Secretary of War established a new Division of Military Aeronautics to take over training and operations of the air arm in April 1918.
He supported the Menoher Board’s proposal to make the Air Service a separate Army branch similar to the Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery. Like Pershing, Roosevelt opposed a third organization that would compete with the traditional arms. ”76 Congress defeated eight separate measures to create an independent air force in the 15 months following the Armistice. Advocacy within the Army was primarily among the flyers, and their cause did not have enough support to win in Congress. The Army Reorganization Act of 1920 became law on June 4, 1920, giving the Air Service statutory recognition as a combatant arm but without changing the Air Service’s basic standing with the War Department.