William R. Benoit
Colonel William R. Benoit was commissioned an Aviation Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School 31 January 1955, class number 1. His first duty assignment was as Aviator and Company Motor Officer, 7th Aviation Company, 7th Infantry Division, Korea. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Weapons Platoon Leader, Company D, 99th Battalion, Combat Team, Fort Rucker, Alabama; Aviator, Maintenance Officer, 3d Aviation Company, 3d Infantry Division, Kitzingen, Germany; Battalion Commo, Battery Commander, 1/9 Artillery, Kitzingen, Germany; Aviator, Assistant Secretary, Aviation Test Board, Fort Rucker, Alabama; Aide-de-Camp, Headquarters, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea; Platoon Leader/XO/Commander, 183d Recon Airplane Company, 282d, 219th, 183 Aviation Commands; Flight Instructor, USN Test Pilot School, Patuxent River, Maryland; Division Chief, Fight Test Division B and Director of Test, Aviation System Test Activity, Edwards Air Force Base (Air Force Base), California; Deputy Commander, Aviation System Test Activity, Edward Air Force Base, California; Battalion Commander, Staff and Faculty Battalion, Fort Eustis, Virginia and 67th Maintenance Battalion, Fort Benning, Georgia; Chief, Aircraft Systems Procurement Division, Headquarters, Aviation System Commander, St. Louis, Missouri. | Colonel Benoit's awards and decorations include: Senior Army Aviator Badge, Army Aviator Badge, Overseas Service Bars (2), Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (Palm), Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Unit Commendation, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (2 Service Stars), National Defense Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Air Medal (10 Oak Leaf Cluster).