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On 10 October 1917, as part of the war effort of WWI, the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) created the Antiaircraft Service (AA) at Arnouville-Les-Gonesse, France. Brigadier General James A. Shipton formed the Antiaircraft School, serving as its first Commandant, and later organized 10 Antiaircraft battalions and 6 AA Machine Gun Battalions. After the war, the 1920 National Defense Act formally assigned the air defense mission to the Coast Artillery Corps, Fort Monroe, Virginia.

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