Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The Air Corps Tactical School
Established here in 1931, was the birthplace and nurturing ground of American air doctrine. In the ferment of a decade of thought and debate, the Air Corps Tactical School gave rise to concepts for the strategic and operational deployment of U.S. air power against two formidable aggressor nations separated by half a world. Validation of this revolutionary approach to warfare came with victory over the Axis with fewer casualties than in advancing a few hundred miles in World War I.
Most of America's senior air officers of World War II – including the legendary Claire Chennault, Ira Baker, Harold George, Haywood Hansel, Laurence Kuter and Curtis LeMay – were instructors or graduates of the school. This memorial honors their visionary achievements and stands in tribute to the intellectual energy which fashioned the air power concepts so crucial to victory.
Air University, born of the Air Corps Tactical School, continues the legacy – generating ideas needed for the rapid advance of the air and space power so vital to our nation and its future.
This monument is a replica of the propeller and wings insignia worn by air officers at the time.
Erected 1994 by the Citizens of Montgomery and the Montgomery Chapter of the Air Force Association.
Location. Click for map. Base access is required. Marker is at or near this postal address: 55 Lemay Plaza, Montgomery AL 36112, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lister Hill Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Wilson Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Always Vigilant (approx. ¼ mile away); “Bird-Dog” (approx. ¼ mile away); Wright Brothers Flying School (approx. ¼ mile away); Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault / Three Men on a Flying Trapeze (approx. ¼ mile away); Sikorsky MH-53M 'Pave Low IV' Helicopter (approx. 0.4 miles away); General Larry D. Welch (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Maxwell Air Force Base.
Also see . . . Wikipedia entry on Air Corps Tactical School. (Submitted on November 22, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Air & Space • Military • War, World II •
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