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Sheppard Field Texacts (Newspaper) - October 23, 1943, Sheppard Field, TexasSheppard Fiel official publication of Sheppard Field Sheppard Field Texas saturday october 23, 1943 Freefield to offer glider Pilot training convalescent training eliminates sick leave by pvt. Bill Woolley exacts staff writer the Soldier checked in to the first sergeant after four eks in the station Hospital. A Okay a said the sergeant. A How Long a sick leave Are u getting a a atm not getting leave a the Soldier answered. A a in a re porting Back for full duty be pfc head. Col. Wykert amed acting executive officer a. Col. Leland f. Wykert a re to arrival at Sheppard Field 3 named acting Post executive cer this week succeeding col. K Greer who has been trans red to Maxwell Field Ala. Colonel Wykert was made stint executive officer the first k in october and moved into Onel Greer a vacated position n the latter left the Field for new Post a few Days ago. Veteran of world War i Onel Wykert was a balloonist ing that conflict and attended umber of army schools include the fort Omaha balloon ool school of military Aero tics Columbus Ohio Maneu ing school san Antonio Tex army Airship school. Scott a 111. And administrative in la torn a school at it. Logan o. Civilian life he was executive a Large Omaha neb., depart to store. He also is a graduate Creighton University Omaha colonel Wykert was commis red in 1918. His permanent k is major. Take More pains a motion to two liven or. Henson or. Eugene Henson assistant mutant at Post Headquarters this do was promoted to the rank off warrant officer from his for warrant officer Junior Grade Tus. Fie was appointed a warrant of in last March from the non i missioner ranks where As a Ster sergeant he had been Post want major native of Russellville ark., Henson has nine years service the army. Ginning right what the sergeant said to that has never been recorded but the Story behind this Soldier and scores of others like him who return from serious illness in the Hospital ready to make a 15-mile hike with full pack is a Milestone in army Hospital Progress already Well known to officialdom. At Sheppard Field the training program by which convalescing patients Are drilled exercised and entertained into the Pink of condition is sure to crop up when Hospital personnel is around. Col. H. Fisher commanding officer of the station Hospital makes sure that All High ranking visitors see the procedure and results of the program when they tour the Field. Program draws Praise a report on the program was sent to the office of the air surgeon of the . In Washington and Drew this Praise from it. Col. Howard Rusk chief it of convalescent training programs. A maj. B. A. Lieberman jr., and it. Richard l. Saunders jr., and members of the red Cross staff Are to be commended on the excellent convalescent training program a said colonel Rusk. A a it is one of the outstanding programs in the . And shows organization. Ingenuity and As major Lieberman medical inspector of the Hospital explained it. The Sheppard Field convalescent training program Aims to return the Soldier patient to duty ready to assume his full Job. The usual sick leave or period of a taking it easy a is eliminated by calisthenic Drill and lessons Given patients As soon As they Are capable. Gray ladies help but the program goes further. Lectures training films and daily readings by the Gray ladies of the american red Cross keep a patients mind Alert. The Bugaboo of a bored patient is eliminated through this educational scheme. Weekly programs carefully pre continued on Page 2 i a Sheppard Man called Johnny Zero by pals by s. Sgt. Don Reid or. The men at Buckingham air Field Florida one of Uncle to a flexible gunnery schools Call him a Johnny offi Illy he is known As s. Sgt. John Foley the Man who wears ii distinguished flying Cross and the air medal for his Par spation in 27 bombing missions As a gunner aboard a b-26 in Southwest Pacific area. A hese missions netted a a Johnny in zeros and although he is y 5 feet 3 inches tall having previous gunnery training his ices termed him one of the standing Aerial gunners during stay with the famous 19th mba dment group Lis army career dates Back to member 1941, when he enlisted Lithe air forces in Chicago his be town. Sent to Sheppard id he received a Short course Basic training in the old 402nd is and was then sent to an air be in California. With fifth air Force it California he was assigned a b-26 and was told to learn All he could about a Caliper .50 machine gun with 200 rounds of ammunition to help him Over the rough spots. But Johnny wanted to be a gunner and in january 1942, he was sent to foreign duty with the fifth air Force. A it is True a said sergeant Foley a i had Only six weeks of rough Basic before leaving for combat. I asked to be a gunner and kept asking and bothering everyone until i was Given a Chance. A on my first Mission i got a Zero. Flying in a b-26, we started out to find a target in the new Guinea area and about 20 Jap planes swarmed up. We got rid of continued on Page 2 it. Col. Robin c. Cannon director of the new glider flying classification program under the Central flying training command and commanding officer of the 67th Basic flying training Squadron which will House personnel of the new school. Too of glider students to be assigned to new outfit the roster of organizations on this Field will Welcome a new outfit this week As officers assigned to the new glider flying classification course arrive. Along with a contingent of enlisted men mechanics they will make up the personnel of the 67th Basic flying training Squadron which will probably be quartered in area l on the Field. The first group of students in the new flying course men from the 417th t.s.s., will Transfer to the new Squadron when they begin their training. Most of the officers were transferred from South Plains army air Field at Lubbock and their commanding officer it. Col. Robin c. Cannon arrived Here last week from Blackland army Field at Waco. Colonel Cannon who was executive officer at Blackland was commissioned in 1933 at Kelly Field. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and is married. Colonel and mrs. Cannon have two sons one 32 years old the other 6 months old. Save More planes Low Cost opera seats available to soldiers special priced tickets for Donizetti a comic opera a Don pasqual a to be presented at the memorial auditorium Wichita Falls at 8 15 p. In. Thursday oct. 28, Are on Sale at Post service clubs it was announced this week by capt. H. H. Mcmurray Post special service officer. Included in the All Star cast Are Louis do Angelo Bass baritone of the metropolitan opera company Stella Andreva metropolitan opera Soprano Gabor Carelli Tenor of the famed Palermo opera and George Britton and Ciro de Ritis american baritones. The presentation will be conducted by Paul Breisath of the metropolitan opera company. Enlisted men. Not desiring reserved seats will be admitted to the performance for a special Price of 55 that pistol Down any ideas entertained that wages might be called a pistol packing mamas were quashed recently by an aah training command memorandum which states that a no weapon or Arm. Will be used or carried by any member of tile women a army glider courses set to open dec. 1 by pvt. Bill Woolsey exacts staff writer consolidation of a major part of the United states glider training program at Sheppard Field and nearby South Plains Aab outside of Lubbock this week was announced by col. David m. Goodrich director of technical training and it. Col. R. C. Cannon director of the glider flying classification course. With the opening dec. I of a glider maintenance course in the glider depart a ment and the new glider flying officers for non com club elected today new site selected non coms met in theater no. 3 at 2 p. In. Saturday afternoon to elect officers for the proposed non com club. No results were available at deadline time. President vice president and a Board of eight governors were on the election slate. Nominations from the floor and an election were accomplished All in the one meeting. The Post of Secretary treasurer will be appointive. According to m. Sgt. P. O. Stephens Post personnel sergeant major who has been fostering the rebirth of the non com club a former Small theater building. No. 441 in the service club area has been selected As site for the new club. Present plans Call for two major rooms in the club with a bar in Western Motif built on the former theater stage. Save More planes copt. Pikeman is War fund head capt. Edwin j. Pikeman jr., Post civilian personnel officer has been named head of the War fund drive among civilian personnel on the Field it was announced this week. Preliminary plans for the drive which starts nov. 2, were discussed at a Sheppard Field meeting last tuesday when War fund committee members from Wichita Falls addressed a gathering attended by representatives of civilian personnel organizations on the Field. Speakers from town were or. John f. Of Donohoe. Wichita county chairman of the drive or. Kindal Paulk president of the Wichita Falls Community Chest organization who also is co chairman of the War fund or. Linton Estes who was named supervisor of the Sheppard Field Campaign and or. Walter Cline Campaign chairman for Wichita county. Civilian personnel will be asked to give one Days pay to the fund which totalled will amount to approximately $15,000. Although donations from military personnel will be accepted and appreciated no concentrated drive will be made among them. The state of Texas is called upon to provide $5,000,000 of the National total of Vance if recommended by the $125,000,000. Wichita county s faculty which recommended their share of this amount is $90,000. Elimination can enter the course. The purpose of the National no personnel with air sickness or War fund which has tile offi fear of flying on record can in i Cial endorsement of president Roll and All enrollees must Volun Roosevelt is to meet through one classification course Sheppard Field will House two of the three schools in which All glider pilots must train. The advanced glider Pilot course offered at South Plains is the last step in training. From this course pilots Are graduated As flight officers. Colonel Cannon this Wees arrived at the Field to assume duties As director of the glider flying classification course which operates under Central flying training command. In temporary quartets in operations hangar he and his staff Are setting up the flying course which is scheduled to begin dec. I with two classes in training. For the past month officers in the glider department directed by maj. Ernest a. La Salle have been preparing the glider maintenance course which prospective glider pilots must take before they Progress to flying courses. Will use cubs no flotillas of gliders will Fly Over Sheppard Field when the new courses begin since Pilot training will be devoted to Light Trainer planes. A Force of Taylor j Craft planes already is in use by staff sergeants in the 417th ass who Are maintaining their re-1 quire four hours a month of Fly ing time. These men already graduates of the glider maintenance course will be the first Stu dents in the new flying school. I and will continue to use the tay Lor crafts in the flying classification course. The glider flying classification course under the direction of colonel Cannon offers students 40 hours of flying As Well As 92 hours of ground work. According to colonel Cannon the course will include fundamentals of flying accuracy landings formation flying and Landing Small Field Landing night flying and contour navigation flying. The ground school will consist of military and physical training plus navigation weather customs of the service and Kindred subjects. Of men eligible men at Sheppard Field Are eligible for the program if they can meet the following requirements said colonel Cannon they must be Between 18 and 37 years old inclusive they must be enlisted men in the aah they must pass a class i or class 2 physical they must have completed Basic military or pre flight training. Candidates must also have 125 hours of Pilot time and 25 hours of that time must be within the year just previous. Aviation Cadet Elim nees either Basic or and Teer for training As a glider Pilot the glider flying classification course will graduate a class every two weeks when it gets started. After training Here the men will go to South Plains where they will begin flying in gliders. The glider maintenance course which 43 directed by capt. R. C. Stephany tip Ains the prospective continued on Page 2 ally inclusive appeals the needs of All War related agencies on the military front the United nations front and in cooperation with local agencies the needs of the Home front. Maj. Gen. J. E. Chaney commanding general of Sheppard Field is offering fullest cooperation in the drive chairman of Donohoe said

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