This is a position paper on General "Billy" Mitchell. It is done in the format specified in the "Tongue and Quill", a military book of standards on writing.

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1.This paper addresses the demonstration of General "Billy"

Mitchell's USAF core values of service before self and

integrity. General Mitchell displayed these core values in

the face of adversity. He was one of the few airmen who

knew the potential of the airplane and fought for his

beliefs, even at the cost of his own career.

2.General Mitchell exhibited great courage and placed his

service before himself during interservice rivalries

following World War I. Even though he knew that his views

would be greatly opposed, views that the Navy was obsolete,

the Army was not fully effective without an "air force",

and that the air service was an offensive force equal to

the other services, he presented his opinions to congress.

He challenged the Navy and proved the effectiveness of air

power by sinking Navy battleships. The General's defiance

and outspoken beliefs infuriated many leaders of the Navy

and Army.

In 1925, his insistent attempts for a separate

air force resulted in a demotion to Colonel. Later that

year, the dirigible Shenandoah crashed. General Mitchell

blamed military leaders for "incompetence and criminal

negligence". This outcome of his accusations was his own

court martial on October 25, 1925.

3.General Mitchell represented integrity and perseverance

by continuing his crusade for a separate air force, despite

the setbacks he had endured. He met with public leaders

and tried to gain support for his campaign. He improved

his doctrine of air power, concepts and strategy, and he

published material supporting strategic bombing.

4.General Mitchell is a hero in USAF history. He

manifested the core values of the USAF to the highest

degree, reflecting great credit upon himself. His work

opened the eyes of many that were blind to the impending

importance of airpower...