Air Force Roles and Missions:
Warren A. Trest
AIR FORCE HISTORY AND MUSEUMS PROGRAM
Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data
Trest, Warren A.
Air Force Roles and Missions: A History/Warren A. Trest.
Includes bibliographical references.
I. United States. Air Force—History. I. Title
This book is a progeny of kindred minds. Its central themes were handed
down from the men and women who made air power history via those who wrote
it.To friends and colleagues sharing both the burden and the birthright, I am for-
I must acknowledge above all others the support, guidance, and encourage-
ment given to me by Herman S. Wolk, Senior Historian of the Air Force History
Support Office. As true friend and “book doctor,” he had the leading role in
sheparding this volume through the minefields of bureaucratic review to its final
objective. I owe a special tribute to the late Col. John F. Shiner, former Deputy
Chief, Office of Air Force History (AFCHO), whose loyalty and devotion to Air
Force History nurtured my enthusiasm for doing this study. Mrs. Tammy
Rodriguez, Editorial Assistant at the Air Force Historical Research Agency
(AFHRA), Maxwell AFB, Alabama, deserves much of the credit for timely com-
pletion of the manuscript.
I am indebted to Dr. Richard P. Hallion, the Air Force Historian, for the vision
he brought to the Air Force historical Program. I also wish to thank two former
Chiefs of Air Force History, Dr. Richard H. Kohn and Maj. Gen. John W. Huston,
for their friendship and support. Other key supporters were Col. Richard S.
Rauschkolb, Commander of the AFHRA; Col. John Schlight, formerly Deputy
Chief AFCHO; Col. Elliott Converse, formerly Commander AFHRA; and Mr.
Lloyd H. Cornett, Jr., formerly AFHRA Director.
Other colleagues in the Office of Air Force History who helped with plan-
ning, researching, or writing the volume include Jacob Neufeld, Bernie Nalty,
Dan Mortensen, Wayne Thom