06/29/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

US Army Starting Its Own Air Unit, Relationship With Air Force Strained

Ever since the Army lost its warplanes to a newly independent Air Force after World War II, soldiers have depended on the sister service for help from the sky, from bombing and strafing to transport and surveillance.

But the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have frayed the relationship, with Army officers making increasingly vocal complaints that the Air Force is not pulling its weight.

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