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Arnold invited other famous guests who served as magnets for favorable press coverage and public attendance. A succession of famous personalities enjoyed luncheons at the Officer’s Club or in Arnold’s quarters following the reviews, serving both Arnold’s purposes and those of the guests’ publicists. 90 Arnold used the Tenth Olympiad, held in Los Angeles, to gain publicity as his airmen participated in both opening and closing ceremonies. Mary Pickford, “America’s Sweetheart,” honored Air Corps personnel during the games with a recep27 AMERICAN AIRPOWER COMES OF AGE tion at Pickfair.

I should now hesitate to entrust to him any important mission. . 68 This was hardly a career-enhancing assessment even though Arnold was and would be viewed as a martyr by many of Mitchell’s supporters. Arnold understandably remained bitter towards General Patrick and the treatment accorded him for at least the next decade, failing to appreciate that once an investigation had begun with its attendant publicity, the general had no alternative other than to discipline the identified miscreants. Dargue was not banished because, Patrick explained, he had not been as heavily involved as Arnold.

Satisfying these separate masters would not be simple. Some suspected that the jurisdictional guidelines had been established by the General Staff in order to create such confusing and overlapping lines of control that GHQAF would surely fail. ”125 Certainly there could be difficulties between the commanding general GHQAF in his day-to-day command of the units and the chief of the Air Corps in Washington, who would be responsible for working with the Congress and War Department to secure and allocate the personnel and equipment to be used in the field.

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