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
1925-2012
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.