General Curtis E, Lemay Contribution

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General Curtis E, LeMay is an American hero and an architect of Strategic Air Command (SAC). He participated in many wars and contributed his knowledge and bravery to successfully completed his missions. He was a firm believer of how effective strategic air attack will benefit the situation during war and through his time as a commander of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) organization, he had strengthened the organization and made countless accomplishments. When he took over as its commander in 1948, it consisted of little more than a few understaffed and untrained B-29 groups left over from World War II. Less than half its aircraft were operational and the crews were next to worthless. (Hickman, K.)
He believed that only way to strengthen SAC was through hard training and strict discipline. As a leader of SAC, he trained his men very hard and at the same time he also cared for his men requested better standard of living. He made many establishments during his time at SAC including missile development and a strict command and control system, when he left the command in 1957 to assume his new job as Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, Strategic Air Command (SAC) was the most powerful military force the world had ever seen. (Biographies: General Curtis Emerson Lemay.)
Another his great accomplishment was the air strike against Japan and the famous Berlin Air Lift. During World War II, he developed bombardment tactics and strategies and successfully led the air war against Japan. It was the most important strategic bombing campaign in history. After World War II, he directed the Berlin Airlift. U.S. and its allies decided to supply their sectors of the city from the air due to blockade of all ground routes by soviet. This mission lasted nearly a year and carried more than 1.5 million tons of supplies into West Berlin. (Cold war, June 26, 1948)

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