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493 (2) The Deputy Chiefs of Staff in order of seniority, (c) If the Vice Chief of Staff is absent or disabled or if that office is vacant, the senior D e p u t j Chief of Staff who is not absent or disabled shall, unless otherwise directed by the Secretary of the Air Force, perform the duties of the Vice Chief of Staff until a successor is designated or the absence or disability ceases. CHAPTER 807.—THE AIR FORCE Sec.

8061, 8062. 8068. 8067. 8071. 8072. 8074. 8075. 8076. 8077. 8078. 8079.

Regulations. Policy; composition; aircraft authorization. Generals and lieutenant generals. Designation: officers to perform certain professional functions. Temporary grade of colonel in the Air Force: appointment of women. Judge Advocate General: appointment; duties. Commands: territorial organization. Regular Air Force: composition. Air Force Reserve: composition. Air National Guard of United States: composition. Air National Guard: when a component of Air Force. Air National Guard of United States: status when not in Federal service.

§8061. Regulations The President may prescribe regulations for the government of the Air Force. §8062. Policy; composition; aircraft authorization (a) It is the intent of Congress to provide an Air Force that is capable, in conjunction with the other armed forces, of— (1) preserving the peace and security, and providing for the defense, of the United States, the Territories, Commonwealths, and possessions, and any areas occupied by the United States; (2) supporting the national policies; (3) implementing the national objectives; and (4) overcoming any nations responsible for aggressive acts that imperil the peace and security of the United States. (b) There is a United States Air Force within the Department of the Air Force. (c) I n general, the Air Force includes aviation forces both combat and service not otherwise assigned. I t shall be organized, trained, and equipped primarily for prompt and sustained offensive and defensive air operations. I t is responsible for the preparation of the air forces necessary for the effective prosecution of war except as otherwise assigned and, in accordance with integrated joint mobilization plans, for the expansion of the peacetime components of the Air Force to meet the needs of war. (d) The Air Force consists of— (1) the Regular Air Force, the Air National Guard of the United States, the Air National Guard while in the service of the United States, and the Air Force Reserve; (2) all persons appointed or enlisted in, or conscripted into, the Air Force without component; and (3) all Air Force units and other Air Force organizations, with their installations and supporting and auxiliary combat, training, administrative, and logistic elements; and all members of the Air Force, including those not assigned to units;