The Fort Wolters Trumpet (Fort Wolters, Tex.), Vol. 11, No. 12, Ed. 1 Friday, September 22, 1967 Page: 1 of 12
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Colonel Fleming's Tenure At Wolters One Of Progress, Expansion
By SP4 JOHN HUMINSKI
COL E. P. Fleming Jr., commanding officer of the
U.S. Army Primary Helicopter Center and commandant
of the U.S. Army Primary Helicopter School, will be
E leaving his command at Fort Wolters to assume a posi-
tion in the Pentagon,
On October 16, he will begin duties as the deputy
director of Army Aviation in Washington, D. C.
Colonel Fleming assumed command of Fort Wolters
on Oct. 1, 1965. He will be succeeded by COL Lloyd G.
Huggins at a change of command ceremony Tuesday,
Colonel Fleming, a native of Asheville, N.C., has
accomplished a great deal in his two years here at Wolters.
Noteworthy, was his engineering the Center and the School
through the 375 and 575 expansion programs.
Under his guidance, great physical development has
taken place. The school's flight training facilities have
| increased from one heliport and four permanent stage
J fields to three heliports, seven permanent stage fields,
ten tactical stage fields and eight refueling areas.
The helicopter fleet has jumped from 400 aircraft
| to nearly 1100.
And the student load has increased from about 900
in residence to 3200 under the 575 program.
The number of military personnel has grown from
approximately 550 to 1500; Department of Army civilians
have increased from 550 to 850; and Southern Airways
contracted personnel has increased from 550 to nearly
The Operations and Maintenance Army budget has
expanded from $17 million in fiscal year 66 to $29 mil-
lion in FY 67, and to over $43 million for FY 68„
The great physical expansion at the Primary Helicop-
ter Center necessitated the centralizing and consolidating
of flight training requirements and resources to maxi-
mize the efficiency of the training program, yet mini-
mize the support equipment and personnel requirements.
This was accomplished under the command of Colonel
Fleming through the Training Management Center (TMC).
Through the use of an automatic data processing sys-
tem, TMC has efficiently matched training requirements
with resources and improved utilization of facilities.
In addition, the computer programming has greatly
improved the standardization of student training by making
available to flight training personnel a daily progress
report on each student.
This system has enabled the school to discover earn-
er those students who are having trouble, and thus has
made it possible to save an estimated 80 per cent of
Another significant accomplishment under the command
of Colonel Fleming has been the improvement of traffic
control procedures in the flight training at the school.
The improved procedures allow the departure or re-
covery of 600 aircraft at the Wolters Heliport within a
In the quest to produce the best possible aviator,
Colonel Fleming directed that the school investigate and
implement all of the latest approved teaching methods
and techniques. This has led to the introduction of many
new methods of instruction.
A major improvement came about through the intro-
duction of a closed circuit educational television system.
The new teaching techniques, plus the automatic data
processing system of TMC have greatly reduced the stu-
dent washout rate.
His strict enforcement of both air and ground safety
programs have resulted in an outstanding safety record.
The school's aircraft accident rate has been consistent-
ly below the Army average.
As Center commander, he has developed a most un-
usual rapport with the local communities and has ex-
panded the public's knowledge of the mission of the Army
and USAPHC. The success of his efforts can be measur-
ed by the fact that the school has been granted, without
cost, the use of approximately 700 training sites with over
600,000 acres of access lands in seven counties.
His endeavors were rewarded and his success was
attested on March 17, 1967, when the Mineral Wells
Chamber of Commerce presented Mm their Distinguished
Service Award "for outstanding achievements in the sur-
The significance of this award is indicated by the fact
that this was the first time since 1954 that the award was
made and this was the first time it was ever bestowed upon
a member of the military.
Colonel Fleming has also shown keen interest in
troop morale and welfare. This was reflected in the de-
velopment of a modern multi-crafts shop and automotive
shop. And the recreational facilities at nearby Possum
Kingdom Lake have been greatly improved and expanded.
Indeed, COL E. P. Fleming Jr. has left his imprint
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VOL. XI ISSUE NO. 12
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1967
FORT WOLTERS, TEXAS
Change Of Command
Planned September 2 6
UP IN THE AIR - Perched four feet in the air SSG (E6) Ed-
ward L. Millwood, an NCO attached to Downing Heliportr
Military Technical Inspection Division, participates in his
own reenlistment ceremony via flight helmet and extension
cord. Army regulations make it mandatory that the U.S. Flag
be prominently in sight during a reenlistment ceremony, so
what better place than the flagpole in front of USAPHC head-
quarters? The officer officiating in the ceremony in LTC
Herman M. Orrell 111., chief, Tech Inspection Division. Inci-
dentally, according to Colonel Orrell this is the first re-
enlistment made in a Hughes TH-55 helicopter here.
(Photo by Ted Nipper)
4thA Aviation Conference
Scheduled Sept 27-28
Fourth U.S. Army's aviation
conference September 27-28 at
Fort Sam Houston, Tex., will
have Brigadier General William
Spruance, assistant adjutant
general (air), Delaware Nation-
al Guard, as its keynote speak-
His subject will be "Aviation
Safety," on which he is a noted
Senior Army aviation officers
and all aviation unit command-
ers from throughout the five-
state Fourth Army area of Tex-
as, Arkansas, Louisiana, Okla-
homa and New Mexico will at-
Fort Wolters will have three
representatives at the confer-
ence, MA J John P. Noeding,
assistant director of safety at
the U.S. Army Primary Heli-
copter Center; MAJ Donald J.
Austin, airfield operations offi-
cer (fixed wing) at the USAPHC;
and George West, director of
safety at Southern Airways
T en Wolters Entries
Win 4A Photo Honors
Ten entries by Fort Wolters
soldiers won honors in the
Fourth Army Photography Con-
test, judged September 13 at
Fort Sam Houston, Tex. Two of
these entries are being for-
warded for judging in the All-
Army Photography Contest on
Selected for entry in the All-
A rmy competition were two col-
or slides—"Belly for Sale" by
MAJ William D. Phillips Fort
Wolters information officer,
and "Face of Love" by 2LT
Jerry E. White, a recent
Major Phillips, who won
"Best of Show" in the Fort
Wolters contest with an en-
try entitled "Content," took
first place honors with this
entry in the people category
in black and white competition.
In the babies and children cate-
gory, he won an honorable men-
tion with "Sarge."
In the scenic category of the
black and white competition^
SP5 Clyde R. Pulsifer, 311th
ASA Battalion, won third place
with "Back Yard In the City."
CW2 Robert C. Mason of Flight
Division A, had an honorable
mention in this category with
"Gallows Old Jailhouse."
In the military life category,
Mason won first place honors
with a photograph entitled
"Airborne Troop Landing."
In color slide competition,
WOC Richard A. Heldt of 1st
WOC Company won second place
with "Chickennapping For Fun
and Profit." He also had an
honorable mention in this cate-
gory with "A Child's Wealth."
In the scenic color slide com-
petition, 2LT Raymond F*
Powell, 1st Officer Student
Company took second place with
"Fireworks in Bloom."
Sandia Base took first place
installation honors. Fort Wol-
ters was runner-up.
The purpose of the conference
is to update conferees on latest
and proposed developments in
Army aviation, and to discuss
aviation activities in Fourth
Army. Lieutenant General Law-
rence J. Lincoln, Fourth Army
commander, will make the wel-
"New Developments in Army
Aviation" is the subject of a
talk to be given by Lieutenant
Colonel Anthony Lavite, Combat
Developments Command, Avia-
tion Agency, Fort Rucker, Ala.
"Army Aviation Operations
in CONUS and Vietnam" will
be presented by Lieutenant Col-
onel Wallace I. Baker, aviation
division, Headquarters U. S.
Continental Army Command,
Fort Monroe, Va.
Also speaking will be Colonel
John Marr, executive for Army
aviation, office of personnel
operations, Department of the
Army, Washington, D. C.j
Colonel William B. Dyer, Army
Materiel Command aviation of-
ficer, Washington, D.C.; and
Harold Roy, programs and bud-
get, office of the Fourth Army
deputy chief of staff for opera-
tions and training,
A highlight will be a social
hour to be hosted by the Army
Aviation Association of Ameri-
ca at the San Antonio Inn the
evening of September 27. Gen-
eral Hamilton H. Howze, USA
retired, Fort Worth, senior vice
president of the association and
vice president for product plan-
ning, Bell Helicopter Company,
will be among those attending
The Fort Wolters Chapter
of the Army Aviation Associa-
tion of America (AAAA) will
hold its quarterly meeting next
Friday, September 29 at 5 p.m.
near the swimming pool.
awards will be given at the
Another item of business will
be the election of a new chapter
A combined Change of Com-
mand and Awards ceremony will
be conducted Tuesday, Septem-
ber 26, at 4 p.m. at the Fort
Wolters Parade Field.
The Change of Command
marks the passing of the Cen-
ter's Colors and command of
the U.S. Army Primary Heli-
copter Center from COL E. P.
Fleming Jr. to COL Lloyd G.
Colonel Fleming departs to
take a Pentagon assignment as
the deputy director of Army
Aviation and Colonel Huggins,
the commander - designee,
comes to Fort Wolters from
Fort Stewart, Ga., where he
served as the deputy command-
er of the U.S. Army Flight
Lieutenant General Lawrence
J. Lincoln, Fourth U.S. Army
commander, will be present to
conduct the change of command
The change of command cere-
mony will be preceded by an
awards ceremony honoring four
Fort Wolters aviators for hero-
ism in Vietnam. Those to be
honored include CPT George B.
Harrison, who will receive the
Silver Star. The Distinguished
Flying Cross and Bronze Star
Medal will be awarded to MAJ
Cecil C. Blanton and CPT Her-
bert L. Hirst. CWO Robert L.
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Baird Jr. will be presented the
The ceremony will also fea-
ture a review of all Center units.
The 328th U.S. Army Band will
provide the music.
COL Lloyd G. Huggins, a
native of Chillicothe, Ohio, is
a 1942 graduate of the Univer-
sity of Maryland.
During World War n, he serv-
ed with the 60th Infantry, Ninth
Division in the European theater
also served two tours of duty
He was Professor of Military
Science and Tactics atTarleton
State College, Stephenville,
Tex., from 1952-54. Following
this assignment he served for
three years as a member of
the Staff and Faculty of the
British Army Staff College,
Qualified in both fixed and
rotary wing aircraft, the Ohio
native attended the Command
and General Staff School in
1955 and the Army War Col-
During the period 1962-65,
Colonel Huggins was a member
of the staff and faculty in the
Armed Forces College, Nor-
The colonel wears two awards
of the Silver Star, three awards
of the Bronze Star Medal, two
awards of the Purple Heart, two
awards of the Combat Infantry-
man's Badge and the Joint Ser-
vices Commendation Medal.
Colonel Huggins and his wife,
Louise, have three children,
Robert L„, 20, Stephen B., 17,
and Patricia, nine.
The older son, Robert, is a
senior cadet at the U. S. Naval
Academy at Annapolis.
FLIGHT A-8 SETS RECORD...ONLY TO HAVE IT BROKEN
Warrant Officer Candidate John P. Boyajian and instructor pilot CPT Billy Warren logged Flight
A-8's 10,000th accident-free flying hour September 15. Candidate Boyajian receives congratula-
tions from MAJ Duane C, Ingram, flight commander of A-8. Shortly after they set this remarkable
record, however, it was broken. (SEE PHOTOS, PAGE 7)
The Association of the Unit-
ed States Army has bestowed
upon Marshall D, Hamilton of
Mineral Wells its 1967 Presi-
dent's Gold Medal Award for
service to the United States
Hamilton will receive his
award at the Association's an-
nual luncheon, October 10 at the
Sheraton-Park Hotel in Wash-
ington, D. C.
He is also to be a guest of
the AUS A throughout the various
other functions planned for the
three-day annual meeting.
The Gold Medal Award is
awarded annually to the person
or organization judged to have
contributed most to the ad-
vancement of the U.S. Army.
Only one award is given each
year from nominees submitted
from Army installations
throughout the United States and
Selected by the AUSA for
other awards are the Honorable
Wilber M. Brucker, former
Secretary of the Army, and
Governor Volpe of Massachu-
setts. They will be honored at
the same time as Hamilton,
Hamilton, who is chair man of
the Mineral Wells Chamber of
Commerce's Military Affairs
Committee, was notified of his
award by Lieutenant General
Milton G. Baker, chairman,
Council of Trustees, AUSA.
Hamilton was recommended
for the Gold Medal Award by
COL E. P. Fleming Jr., U.S.
Army Primary Helicopter Cen-
In Colonel Fleming's nomina-
tion, Hamilton's distinguished
career of service to the U.S.
Army and Ft, Wolters was rec-
Hamilton's service to Ft.
Wolters was traced back to
1956, when the Army assumed
control of the then Wolters Air
Force Base. His efforts in the
purchase of land to construct
two training stage fields were
cited as well as his continuing
efforts through the years in
contacting landowners for per-
mission to use their land on a
gratuitous basis for flight train-
During the past 11 years he
is credited with personally con-
tacting an estimated 1,000 land-
owners, businessmen and pub-
lic officials in conjunction with
the land acquisition program.
In addition to his efforts in
the land acquisition program,
Hamilton proposed and helped
establish the "buddy" system
for allied students at the Heli-
copter School. As a part of the
Military Affairs Committed
program, local civilians have
"adopted" our allied students.
Each student is made an honor-
ary member of the Chamber of
Commerce and is introduced to
American family life by their
Throughout the past 11 years
Hamilton has acted as a liai-
son officer between the military
personnel at Ft. Wolters and
the civilian community.
It is estimated that he spends
at least 25 hours per week
in postrelated activities and has
flown approximately 300 hours
in helicopters assisting Wol-
ters' personnel in acquiring
land for use as training sites.
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