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1 Apr 60
USAF officially approved the concept of consolidating all phases of pilot training on seven bases, using military instructors throughout the course

23 Jun 60
Flying activities at Brooks AFB, TX, ended. To that date, Brooks had the oldest continuously active flying establishment in the nation. Its flying mission dated back to World War I

Oct 60
ATC motto contest ended with the selection of "Prepare the Man", the motto submitted by Joan W. Bellah, wife of 1Lt Connie G. Bellah of Greenville AFB, MS. Mrs Bellah's entry, one of over 2,000, earned an award of a $500 US Savings Bond. A board of senior officers in HQ ATC selected the command motto, which was adopted because it was all-inclusive concerning the ATC mission. Motto was registered with USAF on 2 Dec 60.

21 Apr 61
Lt Clement E. Bellion, Jr., veteran of six years service as a navigator, made his initial flight in a T-37 at Craig AFB, AL. Bellion was the first UPT student to solo in a T-37

14 Sep 61
Class 62-B, the last group of students who started primary pilot training at contract schools, completed basic in T-33s at Air Force bases.

9 Oct 61
Lt Raymond H. Vos, participating in the T-38 test at Randolph AFB, became the first student to solo in a supersonic aircraft.

25 Oct 61
The last pilot aviation cadet graduated in Class 62-B at Webb AFB, TX. This ended aviation cadet pilot training, begun early in World War II. The cadet was William F. Wesson. The last class entering cadets was 61-G2 which graduated on 23 Jun 61. Cadet Wesson broke his leg, however, and did not graduate until Class 62-B.

3 May 62
ATC's PATH FINDER study ended. Formed late in 1961, its purpose was to evaluate ATC's ability to meet future training needs. While not related directly to increased needs in Southeast Asia, it proved useful later in meeting problems arising from those needs.

6 Jun 62
Undergraduate Navigator Training (UNT) at Harlingen AFB, TX, ended with the graduation of Class 62-22N. Thereafter, all new navigators were to be trained at James Connally AFB.

1 Jul 62
Command communications functions were transferred from ATC to Air Force Communications Service.

3 Aug 62
Class 63-A, the first class to receive T-38 training at a UPT base, graduated at Webb AFB.

21 Jun 63
Class 63-D, the final OCS class, graduated. General H. H. Arnold had established OCS on 21 Feb 42. The final graduate was 2Lt Fernando Zepeda; the school had produced an estimated 42,500 graduates.

22 Oct 63
Class 64-C, the first to be trained in the T-38, graduated at Reese AFB, TX.

5 Mar 64
The last cadet class (65-15) entered UNT at James Connally AFB.

10 Aug 64
ATC began deploying weapons mechanic officers and airmen to Southeast Asia for 179 days TDY under Project Top Dog.

2 Oct 64
With the enlistment of John J. Jankas, Jr., Chicago, the USAF Recruiting Service recruited the one millionth male enlistee since it became an independent agency. The oath was given by Lt Gen William S. Stone, HQ USAF DCS/Personnel, in Chicago's City Hall, with Mayor Richard J. Daley hosting the affair.

28 Dec 64 - 8 Jan 65
Stead AFB furnished 27 helicopters and 130 personnel to assist civil emergency relief work for victims of floods in northern California and southern Oregon.

1 Apr 65
The Air Force's first standard major air command computer system, using Honeywell H-800/200 equipment, was adopted by ATC at Randolph AFB.

1 Jul 65
HQ USAF Recruiting Service, formerly located at Wright-Patterson AFB, began operating at Randolph AFB.

3 Aug 65
With General Momyer at the controls of a Randolph-based T-38, ATC officially recorded the 500,000th flying hour in Talon trainers.

28 Feb 66
Responsibility for all Reserve and Air National Guard basic military training was transferred from Lackland AFB to Amarillo AFB.

3 Mar 66
The flow of trainees to Chanute and Sheppard AFBs for eight days of basic military instruction was diverted to Amarillo AFB. Chanute and Sheppard thereby stopped conducting basic military training.

12 May 66
ATC acquired Medina Base (sometimes known as Lackland Annex) to house part of the Officer Training School, sentry dog training, a combat confidence course, and air police training.

30 Jun 66
The USAF Chaplain School relocated from Lackland AFB to Maxwell AFB, where Air University assumed responsibility for the function.

26 Jan 67
The one millionth flying hour was flown in the T-38 at Randolph AFB. ATC's commander, Lt Gen Sam Maddux, Jr., and Col Woodard E. Davis, Jr., Commander, 3510th Flying Training Wing, made this historic flight.

3 Feb 67
The last class of the Medical Service School graduated at Gunter AFS, AL. The relocation of the school from Gunter to Sheppard AFB started in Mar 66. The graduation class was composed of 30 students. All future training would be conducted at Sheppard AFB.

1 Mar 67
The Medical Service School completed its move from Gunter to Sheppard AFB.

30 Jun 67
The Air Force Surgeon General, Lt Gen R. L. Bohannon, presented a diploma to the 100,000th student graduate, SSgt Vincent E. Woznaik, from the Medical Service School, since its inception in 1950.

1 Jul 66
The USAF Language School, which had been established at Lackland AFB on 1 Jan 60, was discontinued. In its place, the Army operated the Defense Language Institute at Lackland AFB.

Aug 69
Keesler AFB personnel helped in relief and recovery operations after Hurricane Camille struck the Gulfport, MS, area on 17 Aug 69.



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