IN A SERVICE BEYOND SELF
(This work was indirectly nominated for Pulitzer!)
IN A SERVICE BEYOND SELF was commissioned by The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West Captain Douglas Monroe, Commander & Conductor, In Tribute to the Efforts and Vision of Brigadier General Billy Mitchell.
General William Billy Mitchell (1879-1936) was the renowned pioneer of US air power and generally regarded as one of the most farsighted military leaders of his age. As Prometheus was burned at the stake for bringing the world fire, so was Billy court-martialed for his prophecy that Japan might cripple the US Navy at Pearl Harbor using air power. His was a voice in the wilderness, a man ahead of his Time. He was a forward thinking risk-taker whose reputation was not restored until after his passing.
In a Service Beyond Self is humbly dedicated to the Efforts and Vision of General Billy Mitchell and to all those who, like him, serve ideals which are beyond themselves.
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