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On 22 February 1963 the Vietnamese JGS issued a general offensive plan, closely patterned after MACV's suggested national campaign plan. It called for corps commanders to begin initial operations against the Viet Cong by mid-March 1963, to be followed by a general offensive on a date to be announced by the Joint General Staff. The freedom accorded the corps commanders, however, resulted mostly in uncoordinated operations. For example, air liaison officers in I Corps reported that the ARVN 1st and 2d Divisions in the north-content to control the coastal plains-followed a live-and let-live policy with the enemy forces in the mountains to the west.

Icopter departed, the enemy moved in and subsequently began developing the camp as a major logistic base and connecting roads to the Ho Chi Minh trail. Two years would elapse before any allied troops returned to retake the A Shau valley. In mid-1966 General Westmoreland prepared to begin Phase II operations -a series of offensive actions aimed at blunting enemy advances into the highlands and neutralizing NVA/Viet Cong food and manpower resources in coastal regions. Planned to run through 1967, this phase emphasized Special Forces operations and employment of his fast growing USAF strength, now directed by his new Deputy for Air, Lt.

Clif- SSeamans ford R. Crooker, an 0-2A FAC pilot. (3) Gen. George S. Brown, Commander, 7th Air Force, accompanies Secretary of the Air Force Robert C. on a tour of USAF activities in South Vietnam. (4) Gen. John D. Lavelle, Commander, 7th Air Force, greets Gen. Creighton W. S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. S. air power. In February 1965, the Strategic Air Command deployed two B-52 squadrons to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for gles of Phuoc Long province along possible use over South Vietnam.

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