By U.S. Army Operational Test Command Public Affairs
WEST FORT HOOD, Texas — The 26th Annual Operational Testers’ Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be hosted by U.S. Army Operational Test Command here at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
The 2019 Hall of Fame inductee, William Ralph (Bill) Fesler of Lampasas, Texas, will be honored for his 21 years in support to operational testing.
Fesler served in several directorates to include the Command, Control, and Communications Test Directorate, the Aviation Test Directorate, Operations, and Logistics.
He was Test Officer on a number of systems to include Enhanced Position Location Reporting System (EPLRS), Vehicle Intercommunications System (VIS), Command and Control Vehicle (C2V), Aviation Mission Planning System (AMPS), CH47-D Chinook Helicopter, and several other systems including airborne jamming for Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) and EPLRS.
He served in several capacities within OTC Logistics as Test Support Officer, Division Chief, Deputy Director and as acting Director.
During his career, Fesler was intently focused on safety and minimizing the risk for Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen or Marines who would later use the equipment he tested.
The Hall of Fame, which inducted its first class in October 1994, has served to honor Soldiers and Civilians for their commitment to putting the best possible equipment and systems into the hands of Soldiers in both training and combat conditions.
Fesler is the 41st inductee.