Without debate or dissenting vote, the Senate last week confirmed General J. P. McConnell, 57, as Air Force Chief of Staff and as the newest member of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The event was widely unheralded. Yet it marked the end of an era in U.S. military leadership. For McConnell succeeds none other than Curtis LeMay, last of the great combat commanders to serve on the Joint Chiefs.
Omar Bradley, Matt Ridgwayand Max Taylor, Nate Twining and Curt LeMay, Arthur Radford and Arleigh Burkethe very names still conjure up...