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President Dwight D. Eisenhower (seated) shakes hands with Secretary of the Air Force Harold E. Talbott April 1, 1954, after signing legislation authorizing the establishment of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Looking on (from left) are Congressman Karl Vinton, of Georgia; Gen. Nathan F. Twining, Air Force chief of staff; Congressman Dewey Short, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee; James H. Douglas, undersecretary of the Air Force, and Lt. Gen. Hubert R. Harmon, special assistant for the Academy. (U.S. Air Force Academy McDermott Library Archives)

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