- FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 1956
'TWE MICHIGAN DAILY
'NOT JUST A FIGUREHEAD':
Air Force ROTC Commander Finds Freedom Aloft
BY DAVID BROWN
Don't blame Richard A. Little,
'51, if at times he sounds like an
air force recruiting sergeant, be-
cause flying for him means free-
dom and adventure.
Little, present Wing Commander
of the University's Air Force
ROTC unit, feels there is nothing
like soaring through the air with
sensitive controls at your finger-
"It's really wonderful when you
get up there," he exclaimed. "I
like to be my own boss, and up
there I've got the whole sky."
However, the air force didn't
always attract his attention. "I
originally joined the AFROTC in
order to' keep out of the draft like
a lot of the other fellows."
But once he has signed on the
dotted line, the unit kept him
pretty busy. His present duty of
Cadet Wing Commander isn't just
a figurehead position either.
"My staff, consisting of five to
six men, and I formulate the basic
policies for the cadet corp. We
set up regulations for such things
as the honor and demerit system
and the proper behavior for the
Testimony to Little's fine work
is the fact he has been elected to
the Arnold Air Society, a national
air force honorary and has receiv-
ed the AFROTC Distinguished Ca-
det Award. Recently he was tap-
Theme of today's Student Samp-
ler presentation will be "Univer-
sity annual student organizations,"
to be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. over
WPAG-TV, Channel 20.
Willis Patterson, who sings a
leading role yin the Magic Flute, to
be presented by the University
Music School, will sing one of his
arias from the opera.
The Psurfs, a well known Uni-
versity chorus, will present some
of their repertoire heard by audi-
ences throughout the state.
East Quad Radio Club: WCBN-EQ-
There will be a staff meeting for the
members of the East Quad radio station
on Saturday, Mar. 3, in the East Quad
Council room, 11:00 a.m. This is an
important meeting which no staff mem-
ber should miss without an approved
. . .
Episcopal Student Foundation: Can-
terbury Elections: Register and vote at
Canterbury House, now through March
Holy Communion: Today, 12:10 p.m.,
Chapel of St. Michael and all Angels.
Meeting for all married couples in the
lounge of St. Anlrew's Church at 8:00
* * *
Hillel Foundation: Friday evening
Sabbath services followed by Oneg
Shabbatt, 7:15 p.m., Hillel.
Keness Leadership Training Institute
open to all students participating in
any way in Hillel's program and all
other interested students, Mar. 3, 9:0
a.m. to 5:00 p.m., including luncheon,
Saturday morning Sabbath services,
9:00 a.m., Hillel.
Student Zionist Organization will
sponsor Israeli folk dancing, Mar. 4,
7:0 p.m., Hillel.
Sunday night Supper Club followed
by film, "Song of the Negev,'" and
record dance, 6:00 p.m., Hillel.
Michigan Union: Bridge Tournament,
tonight, Rm. 3G, Union, 7:45 p.m.
* * *
Wesleyan Guild: "Country Square"
barn dance, tonight, 8:00 p.m., wesley
* * *
Westminister Student Fellowship:
Graduate luncheon, Mar. 3, 12:15 p.m.,
Presbyterian Student Center. For reser-
vations call NO 2-3580.
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"I really like the position of
Cadet Wing Commander, as I find
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But desk work isn't what he has
in mind for. his futurethree or
more years in the service. "At
camp last summer in Minneapolis,
Minn., I had a chance to go up
and get the feel of a jet.
"You just can't imagine the
smoothness, -and there is nothing
to be scared of, absolutely noth-
ing," he related. "You have the
world of confidence in your
plane and pilot."
"I told my pilot that I was in-
~tersted in aerobatics, and was I
askig for it! There I was going
through some nice easy rolls, and
all I could see was blue and green
all in one mass. When we fin-
ally pulled up, it felt as if,I was
going through the seat."
This experience was enough
proof that- jet dying was for him.
"I love speed, and I believe the
only way is to reach the top of
the heap. There is nothing that
can beat the jet."
Little's already bellowing inter-
est in the air force was furthered
alog by Prof. Harry C. Carver, of
the literary college. Prof. Carver,
who Little calls the most unfor-,
getable,.person he has ever met,
asked him last spring vacation to
take a trip to Holoman Air Force,
Base, New Mexico.
"There we saw a demonstration
of guided missiles. Some of the
work in connection with the mis-
siles had been done by Prof.
Carver, and he took me along for
the ride," Little explained.
"I was treated like a king at
-Holoman, because no, one knew
exactly who I was. So I played the
role and took advantage of a
"A feature of the adventurous
tour came when Prof. Carver and
he visited theAir Force Academy
at Denver. From there they flew
home while Little had the oppor-
tunity of doing the navigating.
Despite his enthusiasm for jet
flying and the service in general,
Little still has some doubts about
making the air force his career.
"I have a three year tour of
duty following graduation as
things stand right now. However,
I might extend it a couple of
years more if I can get into jet
flight training. I pray it will work
out, but I'm not sure I can con-
quer flight school.
"In any case, if I'm put behind
a desk, it will be sales management
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The University Law School is
looking, for students to serve as
jury members for practice courts,
Peter H. Hayes, '58L, said yester-
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needed for sessions at 11 a.m.
on Sat., 4:15 p.m. Mar. 5 and 2:30
p.m. Mar. 7.
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