Editor's note.

Position:Gen. William Y. Smith - Editorial
 
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Gen. William Y. Smith (USAF, Ret.) was honored with an obituary in Air Power History in the electronic Spring 2016, issue, and the printed Summer 2016 issue. But, while the story listed all of his assignments in chronological order, it failed to capture the spirit of the man. He deserved a fuller tribute, including his historical impact on the USAF and national defense policy. For example, during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, he served as special assistant to Gen. Maxwell Taylor and simultaneously worked with McGeorge Bundy President Kennedy's National Security Advisor. Subsequently, Gen. Smith was invited to join the support staff which helped negotiate the 1963 Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty with the Soviet Union. In 1975, he was named assistant to the Chairman of the JCS. At the time, the position of Vice Chairman did not exist, so in fact, "Bill" filled both positions. He held that position under Gen. George S. Brown and Gen. David C. Jones. Yet another oversight in the Air Power History piece were "Bill's" combat medals and decorations, principally, the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, and the Air Medal with three oak leaf...

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