Chapter 9

Central Ohio

Joseph Vogel

From: Joseph L. Vogel, Colonel, USAF (Ret)


The following are some of the things you may wish to consider concerning my work in the community.


Military and Civil Air Show Producer:

            Prior to retirement from the USAF, I chaired the committees for the air shows at Mansfield, Akron-Canton, and Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base. I wrote the military scenarios, and coordinated the efforts of the many volunteers, military members and air show participants including the USAF Thunderbirds. At one such event at Rickenbacker, The Thunderbirds estimated that nearly 300,000 persons witnessed the show.


Vice President for Programs, The Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce:

            As VP for Programs, I was responsible for coordinating events that fostered cooperation between the business persons in the community and various military and Department of Defense entities. I worked with the office of Senator John Glenn to set up the first symposium for local entrepreneurs to do business with the then Defense Construction and Supply Center (DCSC) now DSCC (Defense Supply Center Columbus.) The purpose was to encourage local businesses to obtain contracts with DCSC and to inform them of the opportunities and procedures available to them.

            I was also in charge of the Military Affairs Committee whose mission was to establish and maintain good relations between the military and civilian populations. Their main event was the Armed Forces Day luncheon. With reductions in force in the military and base closings, this committee was reduced in importance and chamber leaders decided to disband it.


Founding member and First Vice President of MILVETS:

            When the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce decided to disband the Military Affairs Committee, Carl E. Bobo, Jr., Jake Brewer and I formed the Military/Veterans Educational Foundation (MILVETS). Our main purpose was to coordinate the efforts of all the military and veterans organizations to support military and veterans’ causes. The chief effort was to re-establish the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Columbus which had been abandoned by its previous sponsor. The Parades were successful and have grown from a few units to the mile long parades that now take place each Veterans Day weekend. The Armed Forces Day luncheon grew from a faltering event to a luncheon where over 900 people meet to honor the outstanding military members of the year. High ranking military and civilian speakers are featured.


President of the Ohio History of Flight Museum Volunteers:

            I organized the volunteers to fulfill needs of the museum including; scheduling workers to man the front desk, greet visitors, collect money, staff the gift shop and conduct tours.

            I conducted many of the tours for visitors ranging from school groups to veterans and individuals.            

            Assisted in fund raising events.


First President of the Rickenbacker/Woods Museum Committee:

            Conducted the first meetings of the group that is attempting to establish a museum in conjunction with the Columbus birthplace of World War One ace Captain Eddie Rickenbacker and to honor famed African American inventor Granville T. Woods.

            Born in ColumbusOhio in April 23, 1856, Woods literally learned his skills on the job. Attending school in Columbus until age 10 he served an apprenticeship in a machine shop and learned the trades of machinist and blacksmith. During his youth he also went to night school and took private lessons. Even though he had to leave formal school at age ten, Granville Woods realized that learning and education were essential for developing critical skills and abilities that would allow him to express his creativity with machinery. In 1872 he obtained a job as a fireman on the Danville and Southern railroad in Missouri, eventually becoming an engineer. He invested his spare time in studying electronics. In 1874 Woods moved to Springfield, Illinois and worked in a rolling mill. He moved to the East in 1876 and worked part time in a machine shop. He took a mechanical engineering course in an eastern college. In 1878, he became an engineer aboard the Ironsides, a British steamer, and, within two years, he became Chief Engineer of the steamer. Even with this background and all his engineering skill he was unable to get anywhere in these jobs. His travels and experiences led him to settle in CincinnatiOhio. He is credited with obtaining at least 60 patents.


Organizer and First Chairman of the committee to establish The Ohio Aviation Research and Education Center and Museum at The Ohio State University Airport.

            The purpose of the Center is to be the premier installation serving all aspects of the aviation community in Ohio and throughout the world. The Center is established to support Ohio State’s aviation education teaching, research and public service missions. We also intend to provide a learning laboratory and professional experience for students seeking to become leaders in tomorrow’s worldwide aviation system through research and learning about previous success and failures. The Center will cooperate and coordinate programs with the many aviation related industries that are headquartered or domiciled in the State of Ohio.


Honorary Recruiter for the Ohio State University Air Force ROTC:

            Due to the many cadets that I have counseled to enter the AFROTC at Ohio State, the unit presented me with the title of Honorary Recruiter.


Founding President of the OSU AFROTC Alumni Association:

            Along with a number of other volunteers, the OSU AFROTC Alumni Association was established. I became the first president of that group and due to health problems had to resign after the group had been well established.


Recent Awards:

            2008 The Wright Brothers Outstanding Aviator Award given by the Federal          Aviation Administration at the Gathering of Legends and Eagles at Rickenbacker Airport.  

            2009 Upper Arlington Super Senior Award 


Colonel Joe Vogel, USAFR

Professional square dance caller.

His family used to own the farm that includes Vogel Airpark (3OI6) (now closed) outside of Ashland, Ohio, nearest the little town of Savannah, Ohio – one of his granddaughters is named Savannah;

USAF career (including the rapid decompression event while instructing at altitude in an F100 when the canopy explosively departed the aircraft);

His commands (was Base Commander at Rickenbacker at one time, plus a Wing Commander at Mansfield, plus more);

Types of aircraft he has been commander/instructor in (F100, C130, more);

His OSU adjunct professor experiences (teaching aviation physiology);

His CFI experiences (he plans to become a Light Sport instructor teaching in the CTLS “squirrel”);

His family (Wife Rita who at one time was a radio DJ; his 5 daughters – 3 of which were military pilots at the same time (Aja, MaryAna, and Dorothy)

Contact Us


EAA Chapter 9
The Ohio State University Airport (KOSU)
2160 W Case Rd
Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 423-9101

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