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Sheppard Field Texacts Newspaper Archives Sep 4 1942, Page 1

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Sheppard Field Texacts (Newspaper) - September 04, 1942, Sheppard Field, TexasSheppard Heid Mike tells Mem techs Are rough and Tough co duh an Dos in coveralls by pfc Mik pc Mechanic exact staff writer now i myself personally am no Ripley and i Ain not in the habit a of Giring around debunking Varlow thing but i no on the try in a Unte of do a ago coming by a from of furlough end i learn erne ambit things indeed. There is one gent who is talking to me and he is telling me that a has a son who is a Marine a the other Day i receive a letter from my son and he says that to la jumping Over Many obstacles and that this is making him very Tough a the gent tells me. A i says a running through a obstacle course certainly is a keen Way of toughening up a Guy i myself personally have found this to be so.�?�. The gent looks me Over and looks very startled indeed and be a ays a but you Are in the air forces and you Are a Mechanic so what do you have to do with obstacle courses. This surprises me very much. Why Quot i says a we have a very Tough obstacle course at Sheppard fold. Which All mechanics run through every so often. A in fact a i continues a we also learns to handle rifles Tommy guns and machine guns and other arms very Well indeed of a Mech an c fights with Many other things besides a i can see right there where the gent is thinking that he has hat the wrong dope on mechanics for he is just sitting there thinking things Over As if to say a Well Ain t this therefore since Tho training of Tough mechanics is no secret i Tell him More. A a Mechanic a i says a has to be a very Sharp fellow physically As Welt As mentally. He gets quite a Kickin around and has to know How to dish it out As Well As to take it when he is with his combat tilt. Ile May be adjusting a Loose nut with one hand and firing a machine gun with another at some Low flying Zero or Messerschmidt. A its a result the Mech and the Fellows waiting to go to mortis school engage in a lot of athletics shooting practice and body Tough Eners. Since the meets also go to school you can see where he puts in a lot More working hours than the Guys which concentrate Only on such things As shooting an body toughening. The gent whistles and says a Why these techs must be very rugged Tough Guys the same As the marines and a yes indeed a i tells him a in fact the techs at Sheppard held Pride themselves on being Tough fit fighters. They can draw a Bead on a Jap s Skull As Well As Patch together a bomber or Pursuit ship. The training is plenty Tough indeed and the Sheppard mechanics Ain t denying that. In fact they Are very glad to have you know that they will be in Al shape when being in a l shape counts like it did at Pearl Harbor when a number of techs manned ant Airt to Aud machine guns besides their other the gent thought a while Aud then he said a sort of commandos in a overal Seh a a sir a i says a you have hit Tho Nail on the head a commandos in coveralls. They Are Tough new officer candidate school for enlisted men with limited service civilians five cents trailing film unit will feature Field soldiers and film Atrip to be used in every air forces technical school in the and in fore ism service. Under the direction of Al. Lovell la. Storm a. A lieutenant 0. B. Moreland Ujj. By w a open House planned at non com club col. Dayton to command by Center open House at the non commissioned officers club 2008 Santa be Road during the third week of this month will feature the All out drive to obtain new members for the club according to an announcement by m. Sgt. E. E. Henson club president. The club will be opened for the different groups and detachments of the Post on Skeines nights and entertainment and music will be furnished for the non coms and dates dates announced the second provisional group non coms will be entertained on sept. 15, the first provisional group Are invited on sept. 16, the Basic training Center noncommissioned officers will hold Forth on sept. La and the night of sept. 18 is open night for the several detachments on the Post. The entertainment committee for the open House nights has been chosen. Each Squadron has one representative on this group and a variety of entertainment is being planned. The two dance floors and cafe will be open. Each group and detachment is urged to attend on the specific night announced by sergeant Benson. Non commissioned officers not members of the club Are requested to see the Squadron no in charge about joining the club. The club dues Are $2 per month. Tok Mora pain. Enlisted men who qualify for mixed service Only Are Given an Opportunity to become candidates or a new officer s army admin iterative school according to a Var department announcement Iii week. The school which will be Iola Ted Ai civilian educational in tit unions will be activated at an arty Date and is designed to pro de officers trained for general administrative duties in positions there the Branch of the officer b not material. According to it. Col. James e. Walsh president of the officer candidate Board applicants for this new school will be processed in the same manner As All other officer candidate schools and will be required to meet mental qualifications prescribed. Although limited service men will be Given preference Over applicants who Are physically qual if cd for general service the Board will consider applications from Sheppard Field enlisted men who possess the Best qualifications for service As administrative officers. All Post service is planned sunday by chaplains or. James b. Boren president of Hardin Junior College. Wichita i Falls will speak on a what doth i the lord require of i Hee i the first of a series of All Post non denominational Church services on the Victory stage at 7 30 p. In. Sunday. Sgt. Earl Redding will direct the Quot recently organized Soldier choir and pvt. Al Seares is in charge of instrumental music for the hour of worship. Pvt. Ralph Weston will play selections on the Vibra Harp while miss Mary col. Koenig named executive officer col. Lewis a. Dayton Post executive officer this week was officially appointed commanding officer of the Field s Basic training unit a position held temporarily by maj. Bernard p. Shell since the Transfer of it. Col. Joseph t. Clement. Succeeding colonel Dayton As Post executive officer is col. Ira r. Koenig station administrative inspector. One of first officers colonel Dayton w As one of the first officers to come to Sheppard Field when it was activated More than a year ago and w As the Field s first executive and intelligence officer. Colonel Koenig a Veteran air forces officer whose Hobby is collecting rare Ana historic guns before coming to Sheppard Field a few months ago Wras commanding officer of Post Field. It. Sill okla. On the same official order maj. Robert h. Paton assistant station administrative inspector now on detached service was appointed station administrative inspector. During the absence of major Paton. Maj. Jack e. Duke. Jr., of the Post adjutant a department w ill be in charge of that office. The staff will be greatly enlarged when the unit swings into full production. The unit is under the direct supervision of it. Col. Bruce von g. Scott director of academic training. Actors and subjects for these j films and film strips will be i drawn from the ranks of soldiers and instructors at Sheppard Field. They will be portrayed demonstrating the prescribed methods in the Hundred of operations necessary in the maintenance repair and Assembly of the Many units of All Type of planes. Subjects dealt with will embrace All phases of safety mechanical processes repair and maintenance of air planes As Well As a full explanation of new features developed in aircraft. Hardly any phase of technical work a not touched on in the vast number of subjects produced by these units. Need Large staff the production of films and film strips require the combined efforts of a staff of editors writers. Photographers artists craftsmen and printers plus the advice of experts on All subjects and constant checking of technical orders to insure absolute accuracy in handling the film. Training preparation units rely Al entirely upon the expert film most a a a instructors in All the schools for their advice and suggestions before these films Are produced. Films and film strips on new types of aircraft have been shown to Fields weeks before the actual Craft makes it Public appearance thus giving students mechanics and flying cadets an Opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Progress and rapid changes that occur in their studies. The Sheppard Field unit head quarters is temporarily located in bldg. 841. Room 12. Phone 528. Soldier entertainers and movie stars to collaborate in we Bond drive it it a Sheppard Field Soldier enter liners the air forces band and others will join such famous movie personalities As Janet Gaynor Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce when they make their Appeal Ance on the stage of the memo rial auditorium in Wichita fall i american sept. 17 to assist local citizens in celebrating a Victory this event part of a nation wide drive to sell More United Kathryn Galatas will sing a sold i states w a Bonds will get under a a a Way sept. 16 at a luncheon at the Kemp hotel where these screen stars will be presented to col. H. B. Clagett. Sheppard Fields commanding officer and col. Lewis a. Dayton Basic training officer. Admission to the memorial auditorium show will be the Purchase of a War Bonds which officials state will set a new record for War Bond sales in this area. The Hollywood stars making chaplain committee under the supervision of chaplain Byron l. Lovelady the services Are being arranged by chaplains Eugene Sealey Albert s. Goldstein e. S. Morford. And Elmer e. Wehking. Enlisted men May bring their wives on the Post for the services it. John r. Kittenger Post chaplain announced. Seats will be reserved for officers and their w Ivea. Their appearance on this program Are a part of a Large group of famous celebrities making per Sona appearances in Many american cities to help the Treasury department Foster a Stais Over a show planned to increase War Bonds sales during september May visit Field although not official the committee is hoping to Complete plans to have these stars make a per Sonal appearance at Sheppard Field for the entertainment of the enlisted men. In the meantime the kist War Bend office has joined hands in this new drive by urging All Sheppard Field soldiers to buy Moi bends on the army pay reservation plan and to increase present allotments to help make september a real Victory month

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