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O-9 General Officer, U.S. Air Force
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History of the Air Force Lieutenant General Rank

A Lieutenant General is a General Officer in the United States Air Force at DoD paygrade O-9.

The rank of lieutenant general did not become a permanent fixture in officer ranks until the mid-20th century. Typically, it was a temporary position reserved for special assignments or for wartime usage. However, following several officers who have been promoted to and beyond lieutenant general, it has remained a permanent rank since then.

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History of the Air Force

The Air Force was founded in 1947, just after WWII. It was created using most of the existing Army Air Corps that had just made significant contributions to the war effort. The Air Force is the most technological of the branches, as well as the "most business-like" (least strict). There is a general concensus in the military that quality of life for servicemembers in the Air Force is highest. Just as the Army fights land wars and the Navy fights sea wars, the Air Force was originally envisioned to fight air wars. While wars in the past 70 years couldn't be fought with aircraft alone, the age of Drones and Artificial Intelligence may cause a paradigm shift where air-only wars are possible.