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 Join us on November 4, 2017

For Our

11th Annual Veteran's Day Event

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Bill Taylor named President of Candler Field Museum 

 Candler Field Museum and its Board of Directors would like to welcome Bill Taylor as President of Candler Field Museum. A longtime friend of Ron Alexander and supporter of our Youth Aviation Program, Bill has been working over the last 3 years to bring attention to the need for aviation pathways in our local school systems, as well as higher education options for A&P certification. The Board would like to extend our warmest thanks to Keven Sasser for helping us move forward after the loss of Ron. We are grateful for his guidance and continued support! 

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Bio: Bill Taylor Lieutenant Colonel Infantry ( R ) US Army.

Enlisted in 1964 served 12 years as an enlisted soldier attaining the rank of E-7 before attending Officer Candidate School and being appointed a 2nd Lieutenant.

Worked directly with Operations Officers and completed four staff studies that ranged from location and positioning of assets of reserve Army Aviation units to acquirement of training areas at what was originally Camp Wheeler in Central Georgia. Was a Platoon Leader, Training Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, Company Commander, Battalion Staff Officer, Major Command Adjutant for four separate General Officers that commanded a 4,000 personnel Major Command Headquarters that was comprised of 2 Military Police Battalions, 2 Aviation Battalions, a Maintenance Battalion, a Field Artillery Battalion, a Tactical Optically Tracked Wire Guided Missile Battalion (TOW), Separate Medical Clearing Unit, a Medical Surgical Hospital and the Organizational Army Band unit. 

Served as a Operations and Training Officer for a Major Command and State Headquarters of Georgia DOD.  Marksmanship Training Officer and Coordinator for an M-14 Rifle and Pistol Marksman unit. Operations Officer of South East and National Rifle and Pistol Marksmanship Competitive events, Executive Officer of a Major Command of 2500 personnel of Medical and Helicopter Battalion assets.   

Selected to attend the Inspector General Officer School at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia and worked at both State and Pentagon level for investigations and inspections as assigned and inspected overall readiness of Combat and Combat Service Support units in the Reserve and Active.

Assigned to work directly for President Jimmy Carter and The Carter Center as coordinating officer for Medical assets of the Active and Reserve components. This assignment included working alongside Fulton County medical personnel for a Carter Center Project with Fulton County.  The assignment was to assist the City of Atlanta and Fulton County with immunizations for 50,000 Atlanta pre-school children that had never had any immunizations prior to entering school.  This action was held at 37 designated areas to assist families with immunizations.

Served as one of two officers that assisted Reserve and National Guard Combat and Combat Service Support units that were activated for Desert Shield and Desert Storm through mobilization and rail loading of equipment.   

Retired from military in 1994.

Purchased WKEU AM in 1994. 

Established Georgia Corporation for Public Broadcasting INC started in 1982 which eventually lead to Georgia Public Radio, Inc. and the establishment of the broadcast facility The Rock 88.9 FM, a 50,000 watt radio station that serves the UGA Griffin Campus, surrounding colleges, and produces educational programming, business news, local news, sports and talk programs, broadcast of Griffin Bear and Spalding Jaguar football each year, and oldies classic rock music programming 24 hours per day.

2016 Established another FM radio voice WKEU-FM 102.3 to broadcast WKEU-AM 1450 SIMULCAST for better coverage of news, weather, sports, and special programming of WKEU-AM. The new station will operate 24-7 with same programming as WKEU-AM.

Co-Owner of Communications Towers, LLC that provides space for the Spalding County 800 Megahertz radio system, and other telecommunications agencies, as well, as spectrum antenna service for the cell phone industry, secure Department of Defense communications, and Department of Homeland Security as needed.

Chairman of the Griffin Spalding Literacy Commission, the Certified Literate Community Program (CLCP) for Griffin and Spalding County Georgia. The GSLC works directly with the Technical System of Georgia at State Level and the Southern Crescent Technical College Department of Adult Education to assist those individuals in need of their GED.

The Griffin Spalding Literacy Commission pays for the overall operations, teachers, and supplies for adult education classes to assist adults with reading and acquiring their GED. Classes are taught at the UGA Griffin Campus, Department of Corrections Spalding Location, and Fairmont Community Center.

Served on the Selection Committee of the Youth Challenge Programs that are located at Fort Stewart and Fort Gordon GA.  The program works with “at risk” youth 16 to 18 years old to assist them in acquiring their GED.  The program is jointly funded by the United States National Guard and the State of Georgia. It has a success rate of 97 percent.

Married for 37 years to Donna deFay Taylor of Norfolk, Virginia, whose father was a 30 year Navy Captain. Three sons Marty, with his wife Pam and twin sons, Will and John who are now at Duke University, Ted and his wife Kim and Granddaughter age 8 Reagan, and William Leland Taylor III Lee Taylor.

Great Nephew of Doug Davis of Pike County, a Barnstormer who had the first Hangar at Candler Field in Atlanta, Georgia and was an aircraft racer, Waco dealer, and Eastern Airlines first pilot from Atlanta, Georgia.  Davis was the youngest pilot in the US Army in 1917 serving as an instructor pilot. 

 Welcome Bill Taylor!

 

PICTURES FROM THE YOUTH AVIATION PROGRAM BANQUET

HELD ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 2017

Photos courtesy of John Ellis


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Keynote Speaker Joe Reheiser


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Jim Hoak, recipient of the Ron Alexander Spirit Award


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AC Hutson, recipient of the Most Inspiring Mentor Award


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Dave Holec, program mentor and recipient of the Best Teacher Award


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Student Rachel Dumas, recipient of the Golden Wrench Award. 


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Student Baylee Kanavas, recipient of the Ed Bowlin Scholarship

 

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Student Jacob Gates, recipient of the Hank Sasser Foundation Scholarship


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Student Amanda Denton, recipient of the Enders Family Memorial Scholarship


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Student Cayla McLeod, recipient of the Ron Alexander Scholarship


 

 

RON ALEXANDER'S STEARMAN "CLOUDBOY" IS IN ONE OF

THE OPENING SCENES IN THE MOVIE "SULLY" 

PEACH STATE AERODROME WAS THE LOCATION OF THE FILMING.


HERE ARE PICTURES OF THE FILMING OF THAT SCENE.

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September, 2017 Newsletter may be read by CLICKING HERE.

 

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