PMEL.ORG
“Illegitimi Non Carborundum”
Last Updated: 9/13/2017  09:59

HISTORY, Page 2

shift and building 375A weren't enough.  Building 1433 and several others became the next homes for the PMEL school. The school added one shift after another until the course was in session for four six-hour shifts a day.  Lowry was also able to supply special courses for unique equipment and subject matter as well…extending the scope of training beyond that originally established at its inception.  More than 50,000 students graduated from the basic Metrology course at Lowry AFB including those from all branches of service as well as from services of 21 foreign countries under the MAP program.  This is perhaps the only complete school where calibration is taught in electronics, physical, dimensional, optical, chemical, mechanical, radiac, or combinations of these disciplines. The school was capable of meeting any and all necessary requirements that would keep our military equipment in the most dependable and reliable condition for the defense of this country.  The last class graduated from Lowry’s PMEL/Metrology School on 18 March 1994,   35 years after the first class started. The last class had 3 US Airman and 4 foreign nationals in attendance.   The USAF Metrology Program began transitioning to Keesler AFB, Mississippi during the 1992-1993 time-frame where Metrology
Training    is    currently    being    offered,    the    result    of    the    BRAC decision to close Lowry AFB, Colorado in 1994. Miscellaneous Notes Original   course   started   1   Apr   1959,   had   7   blocks   and   was 18 weeks long. First Branch Chief was Lt. Col. Lenard Wien. Jul    to    Dec    1960    ALR32470    18    wks    long,    graduated    379 students. In   1960   or   1961   the   length   was   changed   to   28   weeks   and then   near   the   end   of   1962   it   was   expanded   to   35   weeks (ALR32430). First    Navy    personnel    started    in    November    1963    and attended for 19 3/5 weeks. 1st    Lt.    Richard    G.    Taubinger    replaced        Capt.    Howard    R. Shaffer as Branch Chief in the 1965.  (see note 1 below) 451st   SAC   Missile   Wing   expected   to   release   bldgs   1432   and 1433     in     FY     2/66.     Long     range     plans     for     bldgs.     was commissary   and   base   exchange   complex   at   that   time.   The school moved from bldg. 375A to bldg. 1433 in 1969. Prior   to   1968   entrants   to   PMEL   had   to   be   on   at   least   their second   enlistment,   have   been   in   an   electronics   field   and got   90   or   more   of   the   130   questions   correct   on   the   Pre- Entrance Examination. (Continued)  
PMEL.ORG
PMEL.ORG
“Illegitimi Non Carborundum”

HISTORY, Page 2

PMEL.ORG
shift    and    building    375A    weren't    enough.        Building    1433    and several   others   became   the   next   homes   for   the   PMEL   school.   The school   added   one   shift   after   another   until   the   course   was   in session   for   four   six-hour   shifts   a   day.      Lowry   was   also   able   to supply    special    courses    for    unique    equipment    and    subject matter    as    well…extending    the    scope    of    training    beyond    that originally established at its inception. More   than   50,000   students   graduated   from   the   basic   Metrology course   at   Lowry   AFB   including   those   from   all   branches   of   service as   well   as   from   services   of   21   foreign   countries   under   the   MAP program. This   is   perhaps   the   only   complete   school   where   calibration   is taught   in   electronics,   physical,   dimensional,   optical,   chemical, mechanical,   radiac,   or   combinations   of   these   disciplines.   The school     was     capable     of     meeting     any     and     all     necessary requirements   that   would   keep   our   military   equipment   in   the most   dependable   and   reliable   condition   for   the   defense   of   this country. The   last   class   graduated   from   Lowry’s   PMEL/Metrology   School on   18   March   1994,         35   years   after   the   first   class   started.   The   last class had 3 US Airman and 4 foreign nationals in attendance. The    USAF    Metrology    Program    began    transitioning    to    Keesler AFB,     Mississippi     during     the     1992-1993     time-frame     where Metrology Training    is    currently    being    offered,    the    result    of    the    BRAC decision to close Lowry AFB, Colorado in 1994. Miscellaneous Notes Original   course   started   1   Apr   1959,   had   7   blocks   and   was 18 weeks long. First Branch Chief was Lt. Col. Lenard Wien. Jul   to   Dec   1960   ALR32470   18   weeks   long,   graduated   379 students. In   1960   or   1961   the   length   was   changed   to   28   weeks   and then   near   the   end   of   1962   it   was   expanded   to   35   weeks (ALR32430). First    Navy    personnel    started    in    November    1963    and attended for 19 3/5 weeks. 1st   Lt.   Richard   G.   Taubinger   replaced      Capt.   Howard   R. Shaffer as Branch Chief in the 1965.  (see note 1 below) 451st   SAC   Missile   Wing   expected   to   release   bldgs   1432 and    1433    in    FY    2/66.    Long    range    plans    for    bldgs.    was commissary   and   base   exchange   complex   at   that   time.   The school moved from bldg. 375A to bldg. 1433 in 1969. Prior   to   1968   entrants   to   PMEL   had   to   be   on   at   least   their second   enlistment,   have   been   in   an   electronics   field   and got   90   or   more   of   the   130   questions   correct   on   the   Pre- Entrance Examination. (Continued)
PMEL.ORG