A monthly look at history of the Base campus of the Central Ohio Aerospace and Technology Center  

The above is copied from a June 1990 edition of On Target.
June 2010

It's been more than 17 years ago that Newark AFB learned of its pending closure and more than 45 years since the base's newspaper, On Target, was first published and 48 years since the establishment of guidance and metrology operations in Heath. From a complete collection of On Target newspapers, the Port Authority's Bill Wright created a month-by-month look at The Base through the years.

1 Years Ago - June 2009
It’s Open! New East Side Parking Lot. Two months to the day of its closing, the new East Side Parking Lot was opened. The striping work wrapped up and traffic barricades were removed. A “soft” opening occurred with a surprising number of personnel finding their way to the new lot on their own.

5 Years Ago - June 2005
Spotlight Shines on Wally Horton, Base The national spotlight shined on the grandfather of The Base, Wally Horton. Wally was the national recipient of the NAID/ADC 2005 Community Leadership Award. The award recognizes his leadership role in the effort to privatize the former Newark AFB.

15 Years Ago - June 1995
AGMC wins value engineering awards. Newark Air Force Base was named the recipient of the Fiscal Year 1994 Value Engineering Awards by the Department of Defense. The awards went to: AGMC for the Outstanding Value Engineering Field Organization, the Closed Loop Failure Analysis Team; and Jerry Osborn Outstanding Value Engineering Professional.

20 Years Ago - June 1990
Wheelchair athlete earns a gold medal. Dave Anders showed he had the “right stuff” when he competed in the Ohio Wheelchair Games. He brought home a gold medal for weight lifting and shot put. He also won silver medals in the discus throw and javelin throw. He worked as an electronics worker in the LN-31 area.

25 Years Ago - June 1985
Maj. William Kruger, on special assignment to Newark Air Force Station, became a Lieutenant Colonel. He was commissioned in 1964 drawing his first assignment at Gunter AFB Ala.

30 Years Ago - June 1980
A change of Command takes Place. AGMC Commander Col. David W. Huff retired after 30 years of service and turned over command of the center to Col. James A. Tillotson who had been service commander here since November 1977.

35 Years Ago - June 1975
Col. William H. Bush prepares to assume command of the Areospace Guidance and Metrology Center, succeeding the retiring Col. A.R. Neville Jr. The Fort Wayne, Ind.Native was involved in the first air dropped hydrogen bomb tests at Eniwetok.

40 Years Ago - June 1970
MARS Tower Installed Atop New 90-Foot Tower. The tower and antenna was for the MARS (Military Affiliate Radio System) station and replaced the damaged equipment installed on the top of bldg T1.With the new tower and system the MARS station had greater capabilities and more reliable radio contacts on transmission as well as reception modes. It was feasible to acknowledge worldwide capabilities including direct contact with Vietnam.

45 Years Ago - June 1965
Another First. SSGT. John F. Weitzel of Admin services became the first military to re-enlist and be sworn in at Newark AFS. Weitzel’s military career began with the Army in 1946.

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