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4 Jun 1920
  • The US Army Reorganization Act made the Air Service a combatant arm of the army, with 1,516 officers and 16,000 men in a total force of 280,000; this legislation defeated hopes for an independent air arm similar to the RAF, but marked progress towards recognising aviation as an asset to be administered independently from ground forces; of the authorised strength, only 919 officers and 8,725 men were engaged. ww2dbase [AC]
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  • Clifton Cates's 1921 promotion to captain was retroactively dated to this date. ww2dbase [Clifton Cates | CPC]

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