Mr. Gary Boyd Command historian Air Education and Training Command
Gary W. Boyd is the Command Historian, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. He provides guidance to the subordinate unit historians and heritage personnel throughout the command and manages the AETC museum program and Air Force art holdings on loan in the command.
Mr. Boyd has served at all levels of command as an Air Force Historian both on active duty and as a civilian for more than 25 years. He has also served as historian in many notable operations, including Operation Desert Storm where he was the A-10 wing historian for the 23/354 Tactical Fighter Wing (Provisional). He was the first Pacific Air Forces Command historian to take part in a joint exercise in the former Soviet Union. In September 1996 he deployed with an Eleventh Air Force team to Khabarovsk, Russia for SAREX 1996. In 2002 he served as the Air Force Central Command Forward historian in Southwest Asia. In 2003 he spent several months at Headquarters U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany, compiling records of Operation Shining Express and Joint Task Force-Liberia. Then in 2008 he deployed again for Operation Enduring Freedom, where he compiled the history of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and tanker activities in the Global War on Terrorism.
Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Dick Scott U.S. Army Medevac pilot
This week’s guest will be Retired Army Lt. Colonel Dick Scott, pioneer medevac pilot. He will describe early days of helicopter medevac in Korea and evolution to the famous DUSTOFF crews of the Vietnam era. The history of aerial medevac is closely associated with JBSA-Fort Sam Houston. More information about Lt. Col. Scott is available here.
We’ll also be talking about Major General Benjamin Foulois (1879-1967), who made the first military flight in a military plane on March 2, 1910. Then-Lt. Foulois piloted Signal Corps 1 on four flights, which included his first solo takeoff, first solo landing and first crash. At that time, he was the one-man Air Force. He was the inventor of both wheels on aircraft and the seat belt. He became Chief of the Air Corps in 1931 and retired in 1935. He remains one of the most significant figures in the development of U.S. air power.
Col. Mark D. Camerer is the commander of the 37th Training Wing, JBSA-Lackland, Texas, the largest training wing in the Air Force, comprised of more than 16,000 students and permanent party Airmen. Known as the “Gateway Wing,” it consists of six groups which graduate more than 85,000 students annually from more than 450 technical training courses.
Camerer earned his commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Wyoming in 1989 and has held various positions at the squadron, group, wing, major command and combatant command levels throughout his career. Continue reading →
Chief Master Sergeant Gerardo Tapia Command Chief Master Sergeant Headquarters Air Education and Training Command
Chief Master Sergeant Gerardo Tapia is the Command Chief Master Sergeant, Air Education and Training Command, Joint
Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The command includes the Air Force Recruiting Service, a numbered air force and Air University. AETC trains more than 293,000 students per year and consists of 12 bases, more than 62,400 active-duty, Reserve, Guard, civilians and contractors, and 1,369 trainer, fighter and mobility aircraft. Chief Tapia advises AETC commanders, directors, and staff on the current and future training and educational methods used by the more than 600,000 total force Airmen. The chief is a key advisor to the command’s corporate structure for budgeting, transformation, and execution of the AETC mission.
Lieutenant General Patricia Horoho Surgeon General of the Army
Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho is currently serving as the 43rd Surgeon General and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command. Her previous positions include Deputy Surgeon General, Office of The Surgeon General, Falls Church, VA, from 2010 to 2011; 23rd Chief of the US Army Nurse Corps, from 2008-2011; Commander, Western Regional Medical Command, Fort Lewis, Washington, from 2008 to 2010; Commander, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington, from 2008 to 2009; Commander, Walter Reed Health Care System, Washington D.C., from 2007 to 2008; and Commander, DeWitt Health Care Network, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, from 2004 to 2006.
Lieutenant General James “Mike” Holmes Vice Commander Headquarters Air Education and Training Command
Lt. Gen. James M. “Mike” Holmes is Vice Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. AETC recruits, trains and educates Air Force people and includes the Air Force Recruiting Service, a numbered air force and Air University. The command trains more than 293,000 students per year and consists of 12 bases, more than 62,400 active-duty, Reserve, Guard, civilians and contractors, and 1,369 trainer, fighter and mobility aircraft.
Lieutenant Colonel (Dr.) James T. Giles III Chief, Animal Health Branch Department of Veterinary Sciences AMEDD Center & School
Dr. James T. Giles III is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Veterinary Corps. He is currently the Chief of the Animal Health Branch, Department of Veterinary Sciences at
the Army Medical Department Center and School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He recently served as the senior veterinary surgeon in Afghanistan, providing medical support to Military Working Dogs in a combat theater. His civilian veterinary education programs and degrees include: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University May 1998; Masters of Veterinary Biomedical Science, Oklahoma State University, May, 2007; Residency in Small Animal Surgery, 2004-2007; Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). His clinical interests include wound management, Military Working Dog trauma, musculoskeletal and neurologic injury.
Command Sergeant Major Bryan K. Witzel 502d Mission Support Group Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston
Command Sergeant Major Bryan K. Witzel enlisted in 1986 as a Supply Specialist. He attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Virginia.
He has served in a variety of leadership positions to include Supply Sergeant, Battalion S4 NCOIC, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, G4 Sergeant Major, Battalion CSM and Brigade CSM. He is currently serving as the Command Sergeant Major of the 502nd Mission Support Group, Joint Base San Antonio- Fort Sam Houston, Texas.