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Sheppard Field Texacts (Newspaper) - October 23, 1942, Sheppard Field, TexasSheppard Fields first birthday Sheppard Fuld business As usual for Post on Date of anniversary vol. I no. 46�?sh Epp Aku e colonel Clagett West Pointer has 40 years in armed forces Sheppard Fields second and present commanding Otti cer c of. H. B. Lagett at Rived Here in March. 1942. To bring with him an army record of 40 years which included commands at important air Fields throughout the country As Well As being aide to the late presidents Taft and Wilson he also saw service in the Panama canal zone the Philippines and the far East. He succeeded col. Edward c. Black. Sheppard Field s first commander. Who was transferred to a new Field at Amarillo Texas. Born at it. Wayne mich., colonel Clagett feels that he is More of a texan than anything else knee he spent 18 years in this late first As a child at various army posts where his father was stationed and later As command a of Kelly Field where he stay a until 1935. Colonel Clagett represents the fourth generation of his family to serve Uncle Sam As a commissioned officer. His great Grandfather retired a a colonel after serving in the mexican and civil wars and his father use to the rank of major during the Spanish american War Aud the philippine insurrection. West Point grads. He graduated from West Point in 1906 and began army life As a lieutenant in the 23rd. Infantry Madison Barracks n. Y. He was on infantry officer until 1917 when he was assigned to the air corps at Kelly Field Texas the flying school he commanded when the War ended. He won his wings at Rockwell Field. His ratings Are command Pilot combat observer air Craft observer and technical observer. Later he was stationed at Dallas Texas in charge of the southwestern District. While there he supervised the regular Boston Dallas flights arranged by the army. Colonel ii. B. C Lagett a year ago just a Large Barren parcel of land one of the army air forces finest technical achoo one of me my pm Eppard Field where aviation mechanics that she countless men Are engaged in training for one of the 5 do m rant roles in history men who Are learning to keep Kin Hin this Issue of exacts we celebrate the first anniversary of the establishment of Sheppard f Leld. Although the ground was broken in june of Imi. And the first class of aviation mechanics began in training in clo Jet Field was officially dedicated in october. 1041. The first Large contingent of troops arrived from mite Field in. Aug. 4, 1941 and set up shop for the huge task of supervising and taking care of the me were soon to become an integral part of our a i Quot a out War Effort to smother the Axis Powers in to s est possible time. A Wishar As important to the War Effort a the dote. Bom a idlers and navigators Are 1 he Avia know geography where s Oil Dom where i Sheppard Field no you re wrong. It h at Oil Dom Texas. And Oil Dom. If you want More geography u just three mile North of Wichita Falls. All of thin can he verified by them it Railroad which ought to know since it serves Oil Dom and its army Post with rail transportation Oil Dom has been the name of a Katy switch station near the Post for years. Sheppard Field is in Oil Dom. Ask the old timers who came Dow n Here a year ago verify the state meat. Keep Mem flying technical school and officers Quot each and every Mechanic a Crew chief a that a the ultimate goal of energetic it. Col. Bruce g. On Scott director of training who is responsible for the High leadership and the efficient organization of the army air forces technical training school at Sheppard Field. Army life is the Youthful colonels life in the real sense of Hie is of d for he is the son of Brig. Gen. Ernest d. Scott retired Holder of the distinguished serv flights arranged by me Glar with this was one of the fans. Rine or Tho colonel an the chemical warfare service and sent to Edgewood Arsenal md., for a course for line and staff officers. Kelly Field tex., then called him As a flying instructor after which he went to Randolph regularly scheduled air Sci a ices aver to operate in the nation. For a number of years colonel Clagett was on duty As an air officer of the fourth corps Are continued on Page 15 a suit Mort planes Sheppard Field is named in Honor of late u. S. Senator in appreciation of the g eat in a elfish service rendered by the late sen. Morris Sheppard honouring his memory and a tribute to his statesmanship this Field is named. Following the death of the late senator Sheppard on april 9, 1941, rep. Ewing Thompson of Elpaso proposed the naming of a Texas army Post for Sheppard. Representative Thompson made his suggestion in recognition of the Long fight of the former chairman of the military affairs committee for the army. On april 17, 1941, Gen. George c. Marshall announced officially that the technical school Here he named Sheppard Field. Ivy Oak Leaf Cluster. The colonel an honest to goodness a army child. Is a native of san Diego calif., but his Home is a where i hang my the 33-year-old colonel received his appointment As a Cadet to the u. S. Military Academy at West Point from California in 1929 and was graduated As a 2nd lieutenant in 1933 As a cavalry officer. The same year he became an aviation Cadet in primary flying school at Kelly Field and was transferred to the air corps in 1935, after completing an attack course in Advance flying school for a 1st lie tenancy. In 1939, he was transferred to it. Colonel Scott five colonels listed on Field s roster this a a fit Post now boasts of five full fledged colonels. These ranking Field officers Are col Field tex., As a primary instructor before returning to Edgewood Arsenal. Transferred to the air corps i again in 1940, colonel Scott then a Captain went overseas to the special edition the exacts staff is proud to present this big 24-Page edition dedicated to the first anniversary of Sheppard Field. You la want to mall the folks philippine islands to he a flying staff officer of col. H. B. Clagett his present commanding officer at Sheppard Field. He returned late or. 1941 to become operations officer at this Field a Short time after which he was appointed director of training for the technical school and then promoted to lieutenant colonel. To the right of his Silver wigs colonel Scott wears an expert medal with qualification badges for machine gun Rifle automatic Rifle pistol and Sabre. The purpose of the air plane mechanics course is to train enlisted men in the performance of first Echelon maintenance of Standard air planes engines and equipment. Instruction is divider into to phases. Students entering the school every to Days begin the first phase of Basic instruction. From organization policy of maintenance echelons the men study be of tools and equipment forms and reports of maintenance publications Basic electricity and net ism aircraft materials and hardware and soldering. Air plane structures the second continued on Page 15 Tion mechanics. The Job of Supply ing and training Mon for the ground Crews to keep Pace with the increasing Pilot training plane production programs Falls to the army air forces technical training command under maj Gen. Walter r. Weaver. Resultant of this expansion of our Ait forces has been the Rise of numerous technical school such As the one Here Foi training air plane mechanics. First graduation. Two months and a half after i this country sentry into the War the inaugural class had complot cd its course. Amid a colourful impressive ceremony feb 24, Sheppard Field graduated its rust class soldiers who since last mid october. Had studied diligently the highly technical course designed to give them a Complete working knowledge of americans Battle Birds. The importance of the graduation was attested to by a letter from Gen. George c. Marsha chief of staff who referred to the exercises As being a one of the most important events in promoting the efficiency of the u. By army.�?�. Formerly under the supervision of col. Edward c. Black commanding officer of the Field since its beginning. Sheppard i held now looks to col. H. B Clagett for guidance. Coloner Clagett. Pus commandant since March 13, when colonel Black assumed new duties at Amarillo is a Veteran air forces officer the fourth Gen aft to Headquarters at Knollwood Field Headquarters for the army air forces technical training command is Knollwood Field n. C. Moved recently from Tulsa. Ranking hem Omun a a publication full of moved recently Nom Henry b. Clagett. Commandant of at o pm history okla., the command headed by Sheppard Field col. Ira r. Koemig Post executive cd Fleer col. Lewis a. Dayton commanding officer of the Basic training Center col William b. Stewart Post dental surgeon and col. A. H. Fisher new commanding Olti cer of the station Hospital. The Field. Because of its size this weeks Issue will require three 3 cents postage for mailing. Additional copies of the anniversary edition can be had at the Public relations office bldg. 844. Room 12. Maj. Gen. Walter r while at Tulsa. Maj. Gen. Rush b. Lincoln was the commanding of Fleer. Chanute Field iii., was Hea a quarters for the command for ii years before the Transfer to Tulsa. Continued on Page 15 a Mot run a busiest Joe Here is exacts own Mike Mechanic busiest person in the Sheppard Field Public relations office a cherubic ungrammatical pie. Mike Mechanic. Ile has been prancing through the pages of Tex cars or past 17 weeks spreading the o Trine of safety among Sheppard Field mechanics and urging soldiers to qualify for aviation Cadet Aerial gunner and glider Pilot. Mike according to his Reallo in the Public relations it fice. Is a congenial industrious Jet easy going Little physically h. Does no to look much like the ave age Mechanic. He s on the Short Side. A bit durn., and bes not very pretty. ,. Mike. However int As dumb As he looks the boys in the office and on the line will Tell you. Mentally and spiritually he a mechanics Mechanic. He could Brush up on his grammar a hit. Hut he s Quick on the trigger mentally likes the american Way of tut and is eager to protect it

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