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In 1948, he returned to the US to head the Strategic Air Command ( SAC ) at Offutt Air Force Base, replacing Gen George Kenney.
When LeMay took over command of SAC, it consisted of little more than a few understaffed B-29 bombardment groups left over from World War II.
Upon inspecting a SAC hangar full of US nuclear strategic bombers, LeMay found a single Air Force sentry on duty, armed only with a ham sandwich.
After ordering a mock bombing exercise on Dayton, Ohio, LeMay was shocked to learn that most of the strategic bombers assigned to the mission missed their targets by one mile or more.
" We didn't have one crew, not one crew, in the entire command who could do a professional job " noted LeMay.