In ser­vice

The Sentinel-Record - - HOT SPRINGS/FYI -

Re­tired Lt. Col. Wil­liam J. “Bill” Side­bot­tom, son of Bill and Ruth Side­bot­tom, of Foun­tain Lake, was re­cently in­ducted into the U.S. Army Ord­nance Corps Hall of Fame at Fort Lee, Va.

In 2015, Side­bot­tom was in­ducted in the Arkansas Mil­i­tary Vet­er­ans Hall of Fame for his ser­vice to the state and na­tion, a news re­lease said.

Side­bot­tom lives in north­ern

Vir­ginia with his wife, the for­mer

Su­san Diane Sim­mons of Greenville, S.C., where they en­joy the D.C. met­ro­pol­i­tan area, gar­den­ing, read­ing, in­ter­na­tional travel, and hik­ing the Ap­palachian Trail.

He grad­u­ated from Hot Springs Se­nior High in 1963 and Arkansas Tech Univer­sity in

1967 as an ROTC Dis­tin­guished Mil­i­tary Grad­u­ate. Upon his ATU grad­u­a­tion, Side­bot­tom vol­un­teered for the first of two com­bat tours in Viet­nam, first in

1968-1969 serv­ing as a re­con­nais­sance pla­toon leader in the 2nd Squadron, 11th Ar­mored Cavalry Reg­i­ment, and again in 1971-1972 as a CH-47 he­li­copter air­craft com­man­der in the 159th Com­bat Sup­port Bat­tal­ion 101st Air­borne Divi­sion.

Dur­ing his two tours, Side­bot­tom was awarded the Sil­ver Star for valor, four Pur­ple Hearts for wounds suf­fered dur­ing com­bat, 14 Air Medals for com­bat avi­a­tion op­er­a­tions, and the Viet­nam Cross of Gal­lantry.

On Feb. 17, 1969, dur­ing a search-and-de­stroy op­er­a­tion, Side­bot­tom’s re­con­nais­sance pla­toon lo­cated a NVA base camp. While con­duct­ing a ground re­con of the base camp, his pla­toon was am­bushed by an en­trenched hid­den en­emy force us­ing rocket-pro­pelled grenades, ma­chine guns, anti-per­son­nel mines and hand grenades. Dur­ing the ini­tial en­gage­ment, sev­eral of his sol­diers were wounded. While di­rectly en­gaged against an en­trenched ma­chine gun po­si­tion, Side­bot­tom ob­served sev­eral of his men had been wounded. Fac­ing in­tense en­emy fire and dis­re­gard­ing im­me­di­ate dan­ger to him­self, while car­ry­ing four of his wounded sol­diers from the am­bush, Side­bot­tom was him­self wounded by a hand grenade, the re­lease said.

Re­turn­ing home in 1969, Side­bot­tom was ac­cepted into he­li­copter flight school. Upon his grad­u­a­tion, he vol­un­teered to re­turn to Viet­nam as a he­li­copter pi­lot, where he flew mis­sions in north­ern South Viet­nam, Laos, and ar­eas near the North Viet­nam bor­der.

Dur­ing the re­main­der of his Army ca­reer, he served two tours in U.S. Army Europe, Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Knox, Ky., Fort Camp­bell, Ky., Aberdeen Prov­ing Grounds, Md., and the Tank Au­to­mo­tive Com­mand in Michi­gan. He re­tired from the Army in 1990.

Fol­low­ing his Army re­tire­ment, he worked in the IT in­dus­try fo­cus­ing pri­mar­ily on mod­ern­iz­ing the Army lo­gis­tics, fi­nan­cial and sup­ply op­er­a­tions. As the SAP Army Ac­count Ex­ec­u­tive, Side­bot­tom guided the Army in dis­con­tin­u­ing the op­er­a­tions of hun­dreds of Govern­ment Off The Shelf (GOTS) ap­pli­ca­tions, ul­ti­mately re­plac­ing them with Com­mer­cial Off The Shelf (COTS) En­ter­prise Re­source Plan­ning (ERP) sys­tems.

Side­bot­tom was in­stru­men­tal in the Army achiev­ing its Rev­o­lu­tion in Mil­i­tary Lo­gis­tics (RML) and Lo­gis­tics Trans­for­ma­tional goals. One of sev­eral COTS ERP sys­tems that he brought into the Army is pro­jected to an­nu­ally save in ex­cess of $500 mil­lion in IT de­vel­op­ment, op­er­a­tional, and sus­tain­ment costs, the re­lease said.

• U.S. Air Force Air­man Dar­ren C. Crook Jr., son of Dar­ren C. Crook, of Lit­tle Rock, and Jen­nifer B. Ol­son, of Hot Springs, and brother of Lau­ren A. Crook, of

Pearcy, grad­u­ated from ba­sic mil­i­tary train­ing at Joint Base San An­to­nio-Lack­land, San An­to­nio, Texas.

He com­pleted an in­ten­sive, eight-week pro­gram that in­cluded train­ing in mil­i­tary dis­ci­pline and stud­ies, Air Force core values, phys­i­cal fit­ness, and ba­sic war­fare prin­ci­ples and skills. Those who com­plete ba­sic train­ing also earn four cred­its to­ward an as­so­ciate in ap­plied sci­ence de­gree through the Com­mu­nity Col­lege of the Air Force.

Crook is a 2017 grad­u­ate of Lake­side High School.

• U.S. Air Force Air­man Kara L. Motsinger, the daugh­ter of April L. and step­daugh­ter of David G. Beyer, of Hot Springs Vil­lage, grad­u­ated from ba­sic mil­i­tary train­ing at Joint Base San An­to­nio-Lack­land, San An­to­nio, Texas.

She com­pleted an in­ten­sive, eight-week pro­gram that in­cluded train­ing in mil­i­tary dis­ci­pline and stud­ies, Air Force core values, phys­i­cal fit­ness, and ba­sic war­fare prin­ci­ples and skills. Those who com­plete ba­sic train­ing also earn four cred­its to­ward an as­so­ciate in ap­plied sci­ence de­gree through the Com­mu­nity Col­lege of the Air Force.

Motsinger is a 2016 grad­u­ate of Foun­tain Lake High School.

Side­bot­tom

Crook

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