David E. Lizotte Sr.
189 Blair Road.
Madison, AL 35757
I joined the Army after graduation and completed basic training at FT Dix NJ in October 1961.After basic I went to advanced training and became a helicopter mechanic. I worked in the Army Aircraft Maintenance System for most of the 20 years that I was in the Army. My assignments took me back as an instructor to where I was trained. I served in The Republic of China (Taiwan) as the maintenance chief for the aircraft assigned to that mission. I also served as an advisor to the Taiwan Aviation units. During the Vietnam War I served three times with the Aviation units supporting the troops for a total of 26 months. I served my last 6 years at Ft. Campbell KY, 3 years with the 101st Airborne and the remainder on a special project. The special project involved upgrading all the Regular Army, National Guard and Reserve aircraft to the latest configuration. I had a 35 man team and 1000 aircraft to work in a 6 state area. I had some of the best jobs in the Army along with a few bad ones. The bottom line is that I survived and retired at age 38 as a Master Sergeant E-8. I received the Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal and various other awards during my military service.
I returned to Claremont NH area and attended College under the GI Bill, graduated in May 1985 with a BS in Business Administration/Management. I applied for work with the Army Aviation Headquarters in ST. Louis MO., received a Civil Service Commission in December 1985 and went to work as an Aviation Equipment Specialist. In January 1989 I joined the Black Hawk Project Office as a Logistics Manager on the UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter. This job was the best one I ever had. My primary job was the Lead Logistics Manager for all the installed and spare engines for the Black Hawk and Apache Helicopters. During this time there were over 6000 engines to keep up with. This job took me to locations around the world with a team of mechanics from General Electric, the engine manufacturer. to correct problems that could be fixed in the field. I had the responsibility for all Technical publications on the engines. My job was transferred to Red Stone Arsenal AL. in July 1997 when the Aviation and Missile Command merged. I worked on the engine program for 16 years. I also managed the UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopters on loan from the US. Army to the U.S. Customs Service. These Helicopters had a high visibility and required immediate attention when Custom' s called. In 2003 I received the prestigious Bronze Order of ST Michael Award from the Army Aviation Association of America(AAAA).This award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the promotion of Army Aviation in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipients seniors,subordinates, and peers. These individuals must also demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and moral character, display an outstanding degree of competence, and serve the United States Army or civilian community with distinction. In 2004 I received the Ernest A. Young Logistics Achievement Award. This award is presented annually to Team Red Stone individuals who have provided outstanding service in the field of logistics support, made notable contributions to the efficiency and quality of logistical support, and demonstrated excellence and professionalism in his or her duties. I retired as a GS-13 on 30 June 2005 after 40 years of service. I received the Silver Order of ST Michael Award from AAAA. This award was a total surprise because to get the Bronze is uncommon but to get the Bronze and Silver is unbelievable.
I have been married to Wanda Deel Lizotte, a Virginia native, for 47 years as of 2 March 2011. We have two children, E Lorraine(Lori) and David JR, both are Stevens graduates, class of 83 and 85. Lori is a teacher in NC and David JR. is a Physicians Assistant (PA) in Virginia. Lori has two boys and David has a girl.
I spend most of my time in my wood shop making furniture. I continue to work in there as much as possible. I have taken some hard falls and damaged my right elbow and broke my little finger on my right hand. Medication for Parkinson's hasn’t improved for years. I have been maxed out for a long time but still manage to get around.