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W.L. George Collins

W.L. George Collins PhotoW.L. George Collins
ExpertiseManagement, editing, writing, photography, aviation
Current OrganizationAlpha-Omega Press
Type of OrganizationEditing and publishing
Major ProductNewsletters, calendars, books
Area of DistributionNational
University/DegreeB.A. with Honors, Pan American University, 1966; M.A., English, University of Tulsa, 1975; Post graduate study at University of Houston and University of Jordan
BornDecember 6, 1917, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Honors & AwardsNumerous including, George Washington Honor Medal, Freedoms' Foundation at Valley Forge, 1962, Air Force Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, 3 Air Medals, several National Poetry Awards, 2 National Photography Awards; Listed in Marquis Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World
Published Works2 books, many articles and poems, internationally
AffiliationsAir Force Association; The Retired Officer's Association; Charter Member of American Air Museum in Great Britain; Charter Member of World War II Memorial Foundation; Altus Aces Association (Chairman); Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Academy of American Poets
Hobbies & SportsWriting, photography, track (came in 7th in 1500 meters race walk at the National Senior Olympics in 1989)
Career AccomplishmentsMany opportunities to serve his country and the people among whom he has lived
Work HistoryPilot during World War II; Executive, NATO C-E projects in Europe, North Africa and Middle East, 1956-58; Senior Editor, missile projects reports, USAFE, 1958; Operations Officer, C-E Division, Defense Atomic Support Agency, Albuquerque, NM, 1959-63; Director of Communications-Electronics, SPACETRACK, NORAD Headquarters, Colorado Springs, CO, 1963-64; General Manager, Desert Lodge, Moab, UT, 1967-68; Design Engineer/Planner at Beech Aircraft Corp., Wichita, KS, 1968-72; Director, International Student Affairs, Spartan School of Aeronautics, Tulsa, OK, 1979-83; President, R & W International, a consulting firm, 1984-88; President, Alpha-Omega Press, first in Tulsa, now in Ponca City, 1990 to present
ChildrenMary Ellen (Collins) Moore, 66; Walter Lewis, 63; Alvin Lloyd, 61; Shirley Marie (Collins) Green, 59; 18 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren
SpouseRuth Leona Hamilton
MarriedSeptember 3, 1935
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