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June 27, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Vietnam combat pilot will take over in August as commander of the Marine Corps' western air bases, replacing a general who was reassigned from El Toro last month during an investigation into his use of base planes, officials said Wednesday. Brig. Gen. P. Drax Williams, 51, will head the air bases at El Toro, Tustin, Camp Pendleton and Yuma, Ariz.
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April 29, 1994 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even as the military goes ahead with marching orders from Congress to close or realign bases like the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, the Pentagon is already gearing up for the next downsizing round, scheduled to begin in less than a year. But this time, the Navy wants base commanders to do a better job of remaining neutral when the Pentagon submits its list of targeted bases in early 1995. The Marine Corps is a part of the Navy.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 1992 | GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brig. Gen. P. Drax Williams, the commander of El Toro Marine Corps and Tustin Marine Corps Helicopter air stations, has been promoted to the rank of major general, military officials announced Tuesday. Even with the promotion, Williams said he will remain at El Toro for at least two more years as commander of Western bases, a position that traditionally goes to a brigadier general. Williams' promotion was approved by the Marine Corps and President Bush.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1992 | GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In these uncertain times of dwindling budgets and fewer troops, the military services will have to learn to train together, fight together and perhaps live together, a top general here says. "The fact is that on a crowded battlefield, you can't have too many friends," said Maj. Gen. P. Drax Williams, commanding general of all Marine air stations in the West. "When you are in a fight, you really don't care whether the airplane that is delivering the close air support is Marine, Navy or Air Force."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1991 | GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brig. Gen. P. Drax Williams, the new commander of Marine Corps air stations in the West, says there may be no immediate or long-term solution to the noise problems created by fighter jets and helicopters from El Toro and other bases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1991 | GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maj. Gen. Harold W. Blot, the lanky former military test pilot who rode some of the same experimental, rocket-powered aircraft into space as legendary aviator Chuck Yeager, Friday became the 39th commanding general of El Toro's 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. During an hourlong ceremony where generals were as plentiful as corporals, Blot, 52, officially received the wing's 16,000 Marines and $50 billion in fighter jets and helicopters from Maj. Gen. Royal N. Moore Jr.
NEWS
April 29, 1994 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even as the military goes ahead with marching orders from Congress to close or realign bases like the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, the Pentagon is already gearing up for the next downsizing round, scheduled to begin in less than a year. But this time, the Navy wants base commanders to do a better job of remaining neutral when the Pentagon submits its list of targeted bases in early 1995. The Marine Corps is a part of the Navy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1992 | GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In these uncertain times of dwindling budgets and fewer troops, the military services will have to learn to train together, fight together and perhaps live together, a top general here says. "The fact is that on a crowded battlefield, you can't have too many friends," said Maj. Gen. P. Drax Williams, commanding general of all Marine air stations in the West. "When you are in a fight, you really don't care whether the airplane that is delivering the close air support is Marine, Navy or Air Force."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1991
On the day that Brig. Gen. P. Drax Williams took over at El Toro, six military jets screamed overhead in close formation. On the day after my last letter was published asking that jets be stopped from flying together over heavily populated areas, my acreage in South Laguna was buzzed at low altitude and directly overhead by a military jet. Gen. Williams has implied that nothing can be done about noisy jets in Orange County. Surely, in our representative democracy, a People's Revolution will not be necessary to free us from the arrogance, extravagance and indifference of the military-industrial complex.
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August 17, 1991 | GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maj. Gen. Harold W. Blot, a former military test pilot who rode some of the same experimental, rocket-powered aircraft into space as legendary aviator Chuck Yeager, on Friday became the 39th commanding general of El Toro's 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. During an hourlong ceremony in which generals were as plentiful as corporals, Blot, 52, officially took control of the wing's 16,000 Marines and $50 billion in fighter jets from his predecessor, Maj. Gen. Royal N. Moore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 1992 | GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brig. Gen. P. Drax Williams, the commander of El Toro Marine Corps and Tustin Marine Corps Helicopter air stations, has been promoted to the rank of major general, military officials announced Tuesday. Even with the promotion, Williams said he will remain at El Toro for at least two more years as commander of Western bases, a position that traditionally goes to a brigadier general. Williams' promotion was approved by the Marine Corps and President Bush.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1991 | GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brig. Gen. P. Drax Williams, the new commander of Marine Corps air stations in the West, says there may be no immediate or long-term solution to the noise problems created by fighter jets and helicopters from El Toro and other bases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1991 | GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maj. Gen. Harold W. Blot, the lanky former military test pilot who rode some of the same experimental, rocket-powered aircraft into space as legendary aviator Chuck Yeager, Friday became the 39th commanding general of El Toro's 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. During an hourlong ceremony where generals were as plentiful as corporals, Blot, 52, officially received the wing's 16,000 Marines and $50 billion in fighter jets and helicopters from Maj. Gen. Royal N. Moore Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Vietnam combat pilot will take over in August as commander of the Marine Corps' western air bases, replacing a general who was reassigned from El Toro last month during an investigation into his use of base planes, officials said Wednesday. Brig. Gen. P. Drax Williams, 51, will head the air bases at El Toro, Tustin, Camp Pendleton and Yuma, Ariz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1992
Maj. Gen. P. Drax Williams, no longer able to frighten us with communist bogymen, now raises the specter of a commercial airport should the Marines no longer occupy the El Toro (Marine Corps Air Station) site ("Inter-Forces Cooperation Called Key to Downsizing," Nov. 16). It should be pointed out, however, that three of the four airplane types he mentions are military planes not subject to noise restrictions. I would like the general to tell me which commercial airliners are noisier than jet fighters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1995 | MIKE WAGNER
Low-hanging clouds forced a change in the program, but the 45th annual El Toro Air Show concluded Sunday with more precision flying by the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and an emotional tribute to troops who fought the battle of Iwo Jima. Maj. Gen. P. Drax Williams, commander of El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, put the day's audience at 600,000 during remarks in which he thanked the crowd for attending. Official attendance figures won't be given until later in the week.
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