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Hoyt Sanford Vandenberg

  • Selected to serve as Operations and Training Officer of the Air Staff at the beginning of World War II.
  • Designed airpower strategies that contributed to key Allied ground victories in the North African, Sicilian, and Italian campaigns during World War II.
  • Was Chief of Staff of the 12th Air Force in 1942, supporting the North African Campaign.
  • Commanded the 9th Air Force, whose air support during World War II paved the way for Allied advances across Europe and into Germany.
  • Played a large role in planning and providing air support for the successful invasion of Normandy, France in 1944.
  • Became Director of the Air Intelligence Agency in 1946
  • Appointed Chief of Staff of the USAF in 1948 serving at the post through the Berlin Airlift and Korean Conflict.
  • Earned the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit, and Distinguished Service Medal.

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