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Air Force Doctrine Center, Air University set to merge

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Air Force officials announced today the realignment of the Air Force Doctrine Center to Air University effective April 6.

The Doctrine Center began as a way to emphasize the importance of air and space power doctrine as an integral element of Air Force culture. It was established in Feb.1997 as a direct reporting unit to then Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Ronald R. Fogleman.

Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. T. Michael Moseley, said General Fogleman's plan for the Doctrine Center was visionary. "He saw the growing importance of joint warfighting, the need to increase the Air Force's understanding of air and space power doctrine, and the importance of a single and very clear voice for the Air Force on all doctrine matters," General Moseley said.

Now that the doctrine center is a proven asset, the Air Force Doctrine Center will report directly to Air University Commander Lt. Gen. Stephen R. Lorenz. Both the Doctrine Center and Air University are at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala. "We see so many positive synergies created by this move," General Lorenz said. "We welcome our Air Force Doctrine Center counterparts to the intellectual and leadership center of the Air Force."

Air Force officials are set to name a new Doctrine Center commander soon. Maj. Gen. Bentley Rayburn, the center's previous commander, retired April 1.
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