February 25, 2019

Lieutenant General John W. Carpenter, III

Lieutenant General John W. Carpenter, III
Informal White Uniform

General Carpenter was born in Starkville, Mississippi, and graduated from high school in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He studied engineering at Oklahoma A&M and Mississippi State College before entering the U.S. Military Academy in 1935. After graduation in 1939, Carpenter attended Air Corps flying schools at Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Randolph and Kelly fields in Texas. Assigned to the 19th Bombardment Group, he participated in the first mass flight of B-17s from Hamilton Field, California, to Hickam Field, Hawaii. Carpenter went with the 19th Bombardment Group as a navigator to the Philippine Islands in October of 1941. After the Japanese attack on Clark Field, he took command of the ground echelon of the 19th Bombardment Group at Bataan. Carpenter was evacuated to Java by submarine where he continued to fly combat missions until returning to the United States in December of 1942. After WWII, he became vice commander of the Thirteenth Air Force in the Philippine Islands. Carpenter transferred to headquarters of Air Research and Development Command (ARDC) in 1951. He became assistant vice commander of ARDC in 1957 and went on to take command of the Air Force Flight Test Center two years later. In 1965, Carpenter became commander of Air University. He was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Air Force in 1968 as deputy chief of staff for personnel. Before retiring in 1970, Carpenter was serving as assistant vice chief of staff for the U.S. Air Force with the additional duty of serving as senior Air Force member on the Military Staff Committee of the United Nations.

June 5, 2018

Brigadier General Richard C. Freeman

Brigadier General Richard C. Freeman
Flight Coveralls

General Freeman, a native of Ralston, Oklahoma, attended Cameron University. In the early 1950s, he entered pilot training at Houston, Texas. Freeman was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Oklahoma Air National Guard in 1955 and assigned to the 125th Fighter Squadron in Tulsa. He remained with the squadron as they transitioned to the 125th Military Airlift Squadron under the 138th Air Transport Wing in 1960. Freeman was promoted to Major the following year and flew transport missions to Southeast Asia. In 1965 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and was commanding the 125th Military Airlift Squadron by 1969. The 138th Air Transport Wing was transferred to the Tactical Air Command in 1973 and the 125th was re-designated the 125th Tactical Fighter Squadron; Freeman continued as Squadron Commander. He was named Assistant Adjutant General for Air in 1979 as a Colonel. Freeman was promoted to Brigadier General in late 1980; resigning shortly thereafter to become a Republican candidate for Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District.


August 22, 2017

Brigadier General John B. Richardson IV

Brigadier General John B. Richardson IV
Army Combat Uniform

General Richardson graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1991. He was first assigned as a Tank Platoon Leader with the 1st Armored Division, becoming Battalion Motor Officer of the 4th Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment in Friedberg, Germany. Richardson was then posted to the 1st Infantry Division as Adjutant and later Headquarters Company Commander for the 1st Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment at Fort Riley. His next assignment was with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment as Squadron Operations Officer, first deploying to Iraq in 2003. Richardson deployed to Iraq a second time in 2005 as Aide-de-Camp to General Martin Dempsey, who was serving as the Commanding General of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq. In 2007, Richardson was posted as Squadron Commander of the 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, deploying to Iraq again. He took command of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment in 2011, overseeing the conversion of the Brave Rifles from an Armored Cavalry Regiment to a Stryker Brigade Combat Team. Before becoming Deputy Commanding General of the 3rd Infantry Division, Richardson served in the Pentagon on the Joint Staff.

Lt. Col. Richardson, 2011

July 1, 2017

Major General Richard Collins

Major General Richard Collins
White Mess Jacket

General Collins graduated from Harvard in 1926 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery Reserve. He then earned a Doctor of Medicine from Harvard in 1930, practicing medicine until called to active duty in December of 1940. Collins was first assigned to Fort Sill as a gunnery instructor, becoming executive officer of the artillery of the 87th Infantry Division. In 1943, he was assigned to the Intelligence Division of the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Forces in England. Collins was responsible for the preparation of basic intelligence on terrain and enemy defenses in advance of the invasion of France. He would be awarded the Legion of Merit, the Order of the British Empire, the French Croix de Guerre, the Belgian Order of Leopold, and Croix de Guerre for his service in this role. After serving in the Office of Military Governor for Germany, Collins returned to the United States in 1946. He was ordered to Japan in 1953 as Assistant Chief of Staff, US Army Forces Far East Command. Collins was then assigned as Deputy Director for Intelligence of the Joint Staff in 1956, advancing to Director in 1961. He was serving as Commandant of the US Army Intelligence School at Fort Holabird, Maryland, before his retirement in 1964.

  General Collins congratulating Captain Billy L. Smith for winning three trophies in the Far East Command Officer's Bowling League, 1956.

General Collins addressing the National Quartermaster Conference, 1958.

April 15, 2016

Brigadier General George M. Kimball

Brigadier General George M. Kimball
M1902 Dress Uniform

Kimball was born in Dardanelle, Arkansas and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1884.  He practiced medicine in Massachusetts until 1889, at which time he entered into business.  Kimball’s business interests ranged from insurance and woolen mills to railroads and hotels.  He remained connected to his medical background, serving as a trustee of the New Hampshire State Hospital and was a member of the New Hampshire Medical Society.  In 1907, Kimball was appointed Surgeon General by Governor Charles M. Floyd and commissioned as a Brigadier General in the New Hampshire National Guard.  He was retained as Surgeon General by Henry B. Quinby until 1911, when Quinby’s term expired.  Kimball would go on to serve as a trustee of the New Hampshire Savings Bank, becoming president in 1917.  

 Officers wearing the M1902 Dress Uniform.
(H.A. Ogden, Stone Lithograph, 1908)

March 28, 2016

Stars on Their Shoulders: Military Uniforms of the 20th Century

The Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, is currently hosting a special exhibition titled “Stars on Their Shoulders: Military Uniforms of the 20th Century.”  The exhibition highlights the evolution of United States military general’s uniforms throughout the 20th century and showcases the Akers Collection, the largest privately owned collection of military general’s uniforms in the state of Oklahoma.

“Stars on Their Shoulders: Military Uniforms of the 20th Century,” features fourteen original military uniforms all previously worn by generals of the United States Army and Air Force. Three of the original uniforms on display belonged to general officers from Oklahoma.  One of those men is Otwa T. Autry, a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.  Another featured uniform belonged to Alden K. Sibley, who served as military aide to Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937.  Through photographs and original uniforms, the exhibit will reveal the evolutionary history of United States military uniforms from the turn of the century, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War era, and ending with the Persian Gulf War era.

The exhibition has been featured by several local media outlets:

“Stars on Their Shoulders: Military Uniforms of the 20th Century,” runs through May at the Chisholm Trail Museum; located at 605 Zellers Ave. in Kingfisher, Oklahoma.  For more information, visit http://www.ctokmuseum.org/.

March 1, 2016

Major General S.T. Ayers

Major General S.T. Ayers
Flight Cap & CWU-36/P Flight Jacket

General Ayers enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1943. After being discharged in 1945, he joined the Arkansas National Guard and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1950. Ayers then graduated from Oklahoma A&M in 1951 with a degree in geology. He was assigned to the 937th Military Airlift Group in 1953. When the 507th Tactical Fighter Group was activated in 1972, replacing the 937th Military Airlift Group at Tinker Air Force Base, Ayers remained. In 1973 Ayers was selected as mobilization assistant at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center and a year later was designated mobilization assistant for logistics operations at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He reached the rank of Major General in the Air Force Reserve in 1982. Ayers became mobilization assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics and Engineering at the Pentagon before his retirement in 1983. A resident of Oklahoma City, he also served as commander of the Oklahoma Wing of the Civil Air Patrol in addition to leading a career in petroleum geology with his firm Ayers Exploration.