December 6, 2016

Major General Rowayne A. "Wayne" Schatz, Jr.

Major General Rowayne A. "Wayne" Schatz, Jr.
Battle Dress Uniform

General Schatz graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1983.  After pilot training, he became a C-130 Flight Commander with the 21st Tactical Airlift Squadron in 1987, stationed at Clark Air Base, Philippines.  In 1991, Schatz was assigned to the 374th Tactical Airlift Wing at Yokota Air Base, Japan, as Chief of Wing Special Operations.  He served as Aide-de-Camp to the Commander of the Fifth Air Force in 1992.  Schatz was made Commander of the 50th Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base in 1997.  He returned to Yokota Air Base in 2001 as Commander of the 374th Operations Group.  Schatz was posted as Vice Commander of the 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston Air Force Base in 2003.  He became Deputy Director of Operations and Plans of the US Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base in 2007.  Schatz was made Commander of the 314th Airlift Wing that same year at Little Rock Air Force Base.  He became Director of Strategic Plans for the Air Mobility Command in 2011 at Scott Air Force Base.  Before his retirement in 2016, Schatz was serving as Vice Commander of the Air Mobility Command.

July 24, 2016

Major General Bernard L. Weiss

Major General Bernard L. Weiss
Pistol Belt and Holster

General Weiss graduated from NYU in 1955 and entered the Air Force the following year as an administrative contracting officer with the New York Air Procurement District.  In 1958, he was posted to the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing at Royal Air Station Wethersfield, England as base procurement officer.  Weiss returned to the United States in 1960 to serve as chief of the Systems Management Division for the Air Defense Command at Ent Air Force Base.  In 1966, he was made plant office chief at the Garrett Air Research Corporation in Los Angeles.  Weiss was then assigned to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, where he was responsible for contract policy formation for weapons systems such as the A-10 and F-15.  From 1976 to 1978, he served as assistant for procurement for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Research, Development, and Logistics.  Weiss then became deputy chief of staff for contracting and manufacturing for the Air Force Systems Command at Andrews Air Force Base.  Before his retirement in 1988, Weiss was serving as commander of the Air Force Contract Management Division, Air Force Systems Command, at Kirtland Air Force Base.

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

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.