Col. Charles Bogle (United States Army, Ret.)

Col. Charles Bogle (United States Army, Ret.) Co-Founder of the Independence Corps (formerly the America’s Huey 091 Foundation) has over 50 years of varied military, technical and managerial experience.

Charles military experience began 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.

Upon release from active duty Charles joined General Dynamics as a ground test 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 and completed Aerospace Safety Management Studies at the University of Southern California. Charles’ service in the civilian industry includes duties as a test engineer, manufacturing/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 progressively responsible for the management of F-111 special test equipment, spare parts, and aircraft modifications and restorations for USAF and RAAF requirements. His last assignment, 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 Cold Proof Load Test facility.

He has been active as an officer in numerous military and civilian professional and service organizations. His current volunteer efforts are directed in support of continued development of The National Vietnam War Museum, Inc. of Mineral Wells, Texas, Co-Chairman of the Fort Carson Retiree Council, an active member of the American Legion and represents the Coalition to Support America’s Heroes as an Ambassador. He has serviced as an officer of the Custer County Merchants and Chamber of Commerce. He currently services as Chairman of the Custer County Economic Development Corporation.

He supported during 2003-2004 the activities of the “America’s Huey 091 The Final Journey Home Foundation” as a coordinator and supporter of the Colorado segment of that effort, culminating with the placement of Huey 091 helicopter in the Smithsonian Museum of American History display “Americans at War, the Price of Freedom” representing the Vietnam War. He has been actively involved with the America’s Huey 091 Foundation since 2007.

Charles and his wife Dorothy of 52 years have lived in, Colorado since 2002. They are the proud parents of two grown children and have a total four grandchildren.

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