Charles Bogle, above, demonstrating an iBOT in Balance Mode Memorial Day Weekend, 2011, Wescliff CO, has over 40 years of varied military, technical and managerial experience. He served as a commissioned officer on active duty and through an extended period of United States Army Reserve service. Upon release from active duty he joined General Dynamics as an engineer. Over the subsequent years he was assigned varied and increasing responsibilities in both his military reserve assignments and civilian employment. His progressively responsible assignments in engineering, production operations and program management led to his final assignment, prior to retirement, as Manager of F-111 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Support Services with Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems, Fort Worth, Texas.
Charles received the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1964 and completed Aerospace Safety Management Studies at the University of Southern California in 1972. Charles’ service in civilian industry includes duties as a test engineer, manufacturing/operations Operations General Foreman and Program Manager supporting primarily the F-111 and F-16 programs as a member of the F-111 Program Office he was responsible for the management of F-111 special test equipment, spare parts, and aircraft modifications for USAF and RAAF requirements. His last assign, prior to retirement, was the Senior Manager of RAAF Support Services and Cold Proof Load Test Facility, responsible for the management of engineering and related services to support the RAAF F-111 fleet. Charles was responsible for the overall program and technical management of both the construction requirements and test conduct of this unique $15 million (U.S.) Australian F-111 test facility.
Charles has significant military experience beginning with his college years at Oklahoma State University Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) and culminating with the retirement from the Army Reserve in 1994 as Colonel after 30 years of active and reserve service. He served as an Army Aviator in the Republic of Vietnam from November 1965 through November 1966. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School and a number of other military courses. His military awards and decorations include the Master Army Aviator Badge, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Medal with 31 Oak Leaf Clusters and a V Device.
Charles has been active as an officer in numerous military and civilian professional organizations. His current volunteer efforts are directed in support of continued development of The National Vietnam War Museum, Inc. of Mineral Wells, Texas, an officer in the District 8, Colorado Department of the American Legion, Inc. He has just completed four years as Finance Officer of American Legion Post 170 and three years as a board member and officer of the Custer County Merchants and Chamber of Commerce He also services on the Custer County Economic Development committee.
Charles has been involved since early 2004 in the activities of the America’s Huey 091 Foundation as a coordinator and supporter of the Colorado segment of ”The Final Journey Home” and now functions as the Director, Colorado Initiatives in support of the current missions of the America’s Huey 091 Foundation.