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Building a Joint Force on the Fly: The Relationship of Admiral Aubrey W. Fitch and Lieutenant General Millard F. Harmon

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Technical Report

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School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Air University Maxwell Air Force Base United States

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The Solomons air campaign is an early example of a combined New Zealand and joint Army, Navy, and Marine Corps air campaign in World War II, led by two flag officers of different services. This campaign was pivotal to the allied advance in the Pacific theater but has inspired little study devoted to understanding how or why it was successful. Both Admiral Aubrey Fitch, as the Commander Air, South Pacific charged with leading all land-based aviation in the theater, and Lieutenant General Millard Harmon, Commanding General, South Pacific, the overall land component commander and an Army Air Forces officer with administrative control over Army aviation, had diverse interests and multiple bosses based on their services and positions.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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