Title: Housing Management Inspection (Retired)
Company: Panama Canal Commission
Location: Pensacola, Florida, United States
Richard Gilman, Retired Housing Management Inspector at Panama Canal Commission, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Military for dedication, achievements, and leadership in electronics technology
Mr. Gilman graduated high school in the midst of the Korean War. Like many young men his age, Mr. Gilman felt called to serve in the United States Armed Forces. He enlisted in the United States Air Force and remained in the service for 21 years. During this time, Mr. Gilman earned an Associate of Applied Science in industrial electronics technology from the Community College of the Air Force at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. This experience afforded him the opportunity to work as a measurement equipment supervisor within the United States Air Force from 1954 until 1975. Mr. Gilman’s valiance, leadership, and service to his country afforded him the Meritorious Service Medal from the United States Air Force.
Following his time in the United States Air Force, Mr. Gilman worked for both the Panama Canal Railway and the Panama Canal Commission for a combined 20 years. He first worked as a signal communications inspector for the Panama Canal Railway for five years. Soon thereafter, Mr. Gilman worked within the housing management inspection division of the Panama Canal Commission for 15 years before retiring. His work involved inspecting vacant quarters and writing work orders for various jobs among many other responsibilities which required an extensive knowledge of all facets of maintenance.
Of his many accomplishments during his career, Mr. Gilman considers his time at an Air Force base in Libya to be the most significant. He contributed to fighter bomber training with a focus on weapons management. This training allowed Mr. Gilman and his fellow servicemen to develop a system that allowed for low-level bombing. Thus, many lives were saved as a result of Mr. Gilman’s dedication to precision and his collaboration with his servicemen.
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