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Architect of Air PowerGeneral Laurence S. Kuter and the Birth of the US Air Force$
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Brian D. Laslie

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813169989

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813169989.001.0001

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Fixing the Far East Air Forces and Creating the Pacific Air Forces

Fixing the Far East Air Forces and Creating the Pacific Air Forces

(p.147) 9 Fixing the Far East Air Forces and Creating the Pacific Air Forces
Architect of Air Power

Brian D. Laslie

University Press of Kentucky

Kuter left Maxwell to take command of the Far East Air Forces (FEAF). As Lieutenant General Kuter flew to his new assignment he was promoted to full general shortly after midnight on May 29, 1955. For an officer whose first flight was in a bi-plane, the importance of assuming his ultimate final rank on a trans-oceanic flight was surely not lost on him. During his career, the United States Army Air Corps had transitioned to a truly global and independent Air Force capable flying Kuter rather comfortably to his new assignment. The Air Force, like Kuter had fully matured and reached a pinnacle thought impossible as little as a decade ago. Kuter had grown with this Air Force, molding it, organizing it, shaping it and giving it the ability to do span the globe. General Kuter helped to reorganize the command and transitioned it to the newly created Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), becoming the new unit’s first commander.

Keywords:   FEAF, PACAF, Quemoy Crisis, China, Taiwan

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