ORcertain special purposes, a new em-blem is being used by the Army AirForces. It first made. its appearance inmaterial pertaining to aviation cadet pro.curement-posters, booklets and adver-tisements-and more recently, it has beenreproduced on the curtain and souvenirprograms of the AAF stage production,"Winged Victory."
(See Page 36.)
The new insignia supplements but doesnot replace the fa-miliar golden wingsand white star on thecircular blue back-ground now used as
patch on the leftsleeve of the uni-form. The presentsleeve patch remains official.Chief advantage of the new design isits ready identification as an Army AirForces emblem.
is to be used in caseswhere recognition by the untrained eye isimportant. In the new emblem the bluebackground becomes elliptical and thewings extend beyond the top of the el-lipse. The letters AAF appear across thecenter and the words Army Air Forcesare printed at the bottom.
ARMS AND SERVICES
You wili notice that the back cover of this issue carries a letter from GeneralArnold to all AAF personnel, announcingthat the War Department has authorizedthe elimination of arms and servicesbranch distinctions in the AAF. He termsthe authorization "a most important mile-stone for the Army Air Forces."Approximately one-third of the officersand enlisted men now serving with theArmy Air Forces and theatre Air Forceshave arm or service designations otherthan Air Corps.To carry out the War Department au-thorization, a study looking to the orderlyconversion to Air Corps of the AAF armsand services personnel-ASW AAF per-sonnel, as they are known throughout theservice-has been undertaken by a com-mittee headed by Brig. Gen. Byron E.Gates, Chief of Management Control.
The committee, known as the AAFArm and Service Integration Committee,was created by an AAF memorandumdated November 9. Its mission is "tofacilitate and expedite the transfer of ASW AAF personnel to the Air Corpsand to facilitate the integration of ASW AAF units and organizations intofunctionalized AAF units and organiza-tions both in the continental United Statesand overseas." The first action taken bythe committee was to recommend the de-tailing of all arm and service officers intothe Air Corps.In addition to General Gates, the com-mittee membership consists of representa-tives of various Headquarters offices, in-cluding the chiefs of the several AAFarms and services affected: the Air Chemi-cal Officer, the Air Engineer, the AirAdjutant General, the Air Quartermas-ter, the Air Ordnance Officer, the AirFinance Officer, the Air Judge Advocate,the Air Provost Marshal, the Air Surgeonand the Air Communications Officer.Among otherthings, the removalof branch distinc-tions is expected toeliminate overlap-ping and duplicatingactivities and bringabout a consolidationof similar activities.Examples of duplica-tions and expectedconsolidations are insupply, maintenanceand administrativeactivities, now car-ried on separately byeach arm or serviceorganization withinthe Army Air Forces.It will mean, also,that the number of special types of unitscan be reduced andthat command chan-nels in the AAF canbe simplified.In his letter Gen-eral Arnold assures ASW AAF personnelthat the job of conversion and integrationwould be done carefully and thoroughlyover a period of time. He also assuresthem that their special skills will beutilized to the utmost and that their op-portunities for service and advancementwill be broadened and enhanced, limitedonly by the individuals' abilities.AU ASW AAF personnel are affectedby the integration program except medicalpersonnel and chaplains, who accordingto current indications will continue intheir present status.
REPRINTS OF ORGANIZATIONAL CHART
On the center pages of AIR FORCEthismonth you will find an organizationalchart of the Army Air Forces, presentedto provide AAF personnel. with a readyreference to the organization and recentchanges in command. Additional printsof this chart have been made availablethrough The Service Division, AIR FORCEEditorial Office,
Park Avenue, New