The Moore County Historical Society will present a program on The history of Camp Forrest at the Masonic Lodge in Lynchburg on Sunday: November 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm. The meeting is open to the public and guests are welcome.
Our speaker David Hiebert from Tullahoma who grew up in Topeka, KS. He was the Chief of the Office of History at Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC), Arnold Air Force Base, TN. and became the historian for AEDC in July 1987 and is recently retired.
He spent several years in West Germany in his academic career. Summers were spent in Holzkirchen and Eutin, where he took intensive language courses, He attended the University of Bonn, West Germany. He graduated from the University of Kansas with an honors degree in German.
He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Hamburg, and his Master’s thesis was on the British occupation of Hamburg. He was selected as a Fellow of the Institute for European History, Mainz, West Germany. He spent two years researching psychiatric records from the First World War for his dissertation, “Psychosocial Consequences of the First World War: The Effect of Posttraumatic Stress on the German Family, 1914-29.” He has lectured on this topic at leading British, German, and U.S. academic institutions.
He has been recognized by the American Historical Association as an expert on Project Paperclip, which brought German scientists to America after World War II. In his career at AEDC, he designed a historical lecture series, published in international technical journals, and collaborated with the National Archives, Smithsonian Institution, NASA, academia, and industry. He received awards as AEDC Civilian of the Year; United States Air Force Systems Command Nominee, Gill Robb Wilson Trophy, Most Outstanding Contribution to National Defense in Arts and Letters; the Exemplary Civilian Service Medal; the Air Force Historian’s Special Achievement Award; the Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award; and a citation from the Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, for Exceptional Service in the Public Interest.
He is also music director and organist for the First Presbyterian Church in Tullahoma. He and his wife, Joyce, have two children: Jean and Mark.