Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education Published Jan. 26, 2024 By Major Keith O. Conway Air University Public Affairs MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- The LeMay Center highlights General George C. Kenney as the Doctrine Paragon for his leadership and organization of the Far East Air Forces in the Southwest Pacific Area during World War II. General George C. Kenney Photo Details / Download Hi-Res Kenney began by building trust with MacArthur. He impressed MacArthur by taking initiative and demonstrating his willingness to accept responsibility for his organization while building relationships with MacArthur and his staff. He empowered his deputy commander, Brigadier General Whitehead, to plan and execute air operations at the lowest level, while Kenney coordinated with MacArthur’s staff and the Pentagon from his headquarters in Australia. To overcome difficulties with command and control over the large operating area in the southwest Pacific, Gen Kenney divided his forces into smaller units known as Air Task Forces (ATF). These ATFs were task-organized units (that is, created with all necessary units to compete a specific task, such as C2, fighter, bomber, maintenance, engineering, and combat service support) to accomplish a mission in a smaller part of the operating area. Photo Details / Download Hi-Res Gen Kenney’s leadership and C2 of allied air forces exemplifies the Air Force’s Mission Command principles, and his ATFs are an example of the Centralized Command-Distributed Control-Decentralized Execution (CC-DC-DE) command and control framework that is enabled by the Mission Command leadership philosophy. Kenney’s ATFs are the basis for the Air Force’s most recent push toward a modern ATF force presentation model, which will create task organized teams that train and deploy together to execute missions in dispersed and contested environments. Stay tuned as the LeMay Center is actively working to publish a new doctrine publication on ATFs this year. For more information on Gen Kenney and concepts such as the ATF, check out the Air Force Doctrine Podcast episodes: “Deciphering Doctrine – Ep 15 – VCSAF Gen. Slife on the Biggest Changes to the AF Since It’s Inception: ATFs, AFFORGEN, MCA, Strategic Environment”, and Lessons Learned in Doctrine - Ep 7 - General Kenney: Leadership (Mission Command), C2, Air Task Forces, Relationships, and Logistics in Pacific WWII.