’And a very good idea it was, too,’ retorted Colonel Korn, ’since it eliminated that superfluous major that’s been giving you such an awful black eye as an administrator.
A superfluous major on his rolls meant an untidy table of organization and gave ammunition to the men at Twenty-seventh Air Force Headquarters who Colonel Cathcart was positive were his enemies and rivals.
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Everyone liked the idea. The arguments I prepared to support it were superfluous.