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 Walter W. Hollis Award 

The Walter W. Hollis Award is presented annually in recognition of the lifetime contributions and achievement in the area of defense Test & Evaluation.  The award is presented in the name of Walter W. Hollis who is recognized for his dedicated and long-standing service in the field of Test & Evaluation.

2015 Recipient 

Mr. Charles E. "Pete" Adolph

Mr. Charles E. “Pete” Adolph was born in Akron, Ohio on December 3, 1935. He graduated from Saint Mary High School in Akron, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Saint Louis University in 1956 and was commissioned in the Air Force.  His later education included a Master of Science (M.S.) in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1964, and another M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in 1970. During 1973-1974, he was a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Adolph began his engineering career in 1956 in San Diego with the Convair Division of General Dynamics Corporation. He worked for Convair at Edwards Air Force Base, California on the F-102 and F-106 flight test programs. In 1958, he was assigned as a Second Lieutenant in test engineering at the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) at Edwards. In 1960, Mr. Adolph accepted a civil service appointment at Edwards where, during the next quarter century, he held a wide variety of engineering and systems acquisition management positions in AFFTC.  He was a Project Engineer and Senior Project Engineer in the Flight Test Engineering Division from 1960 to 1964, the Chief of Fighter Projects in the Performance and Flying Qualities Branch from 1964 to 1974, the Assistant Chief of the Systems Engineering Branch from 1974 to 1977, the Project Manager of the Flight Test Mission Control Complex from 1977 to 1979, the Chief of the Development Division from 1979 to 1982, and the Technical Director of the 6520th Test Group from 1982 to 1985.  He became the Technical Director of the AFFTC-its senior civilian position-in 1985. While at Edwards, he was involved in the planning and execution of numerous combined tests (developmental/operational), including the F-15 and F-16 fighters and the air launched cruise missile, as well as the testing of prototype programs, including the lightweight fighter (YF-16 and YF-17), close air support attack aircraft (A-9 and A-10), and advanced medium short takeoff and landing transport (YC- 14 and YC- 15). Mr. Adolph also was the Project Manager for the development and integration of the Flight Test Mission Control Center and was responsible for managing the acquisition of new test support equipment for Edwards and its ranges. Special assignments while at Edwards included serving as the Air Force Project Officer for the preparation of MIL-S-86391A (USAF), “Stall/Post-stall/Spin Flight Test Demonstration Requirements for Airplanes,”  1970 to 1973, AFFTC Executive Committee Member, Range Commander’s Council, 1982 to 1985, Chairman of the Flight Test Techniques Group of the NATO Advisory Group on Aerospace Research and Development, 1985 to 1987, and Engineering Supervisor for classified project activities, 1967 to 1973.

In August 1987, Mr. Adolph was selected as the Deputy Director, Defense Research and Engineering, Test & Evaluation (T&E) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), where he was responsible for Department of Defense-wide oversight and policy for developmental T&E.  The Secretary of Defense designated Mr. Adolph to perform the duties of Director of Operational Test & Evaluation from July to November 1989 and the duties of Director of Defense Research and Engineering from May to December 1991.  He also chaired a congressionally mandated Federal Advisory Commission on the consolidation and conversion of Defense Research and Defense Laboratories and was architect of a plan to reduce duplication of T&E facilities throughout the Department of Defense (DoD).

Past Recipients

  • Mr. Charles "Pete" Adolph, OSD / DOD (2015)
  • VADM David Dunaway, USN, Commander, NAVAIR (2014)
  • Mr. Edward R. Greer, Former DASD, DT&E, USD (AT&L) (2013)
  • Mr. Brian Simmons, Technical Director, ATEC (2012)
  • Dr. James N. Walbert, Chief Scientist, SURVICE Engineering Company
  • Dr. James J. Streilein, Technical Director/Deputy to the Commander, U.S.
    Army Test and Evaluation Command (2010)
  • Dr. Ernest Seglie, Science Advisor to the Director, Operational Test & Evaluation, OSD (2009)
  • Dr. Paul H. Deitz, Acting Director HRED, ARL, APG, MD (2008)

  • Mr. James F. O'Bryon, Former DDOT&E / LFT (2007)

  • RADM Bert Johnston, USN (Ret), Wyle Laboratories (2006)

  • Hon Thomas Christie, DOT&E, OSD (2005)

  • Dr. Marion Williams, HQ AFOTEC (2004)

  • Mr. James Fasig, Aberdeen Test Center (2003)

  • Mr. G. Thomas Castino, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (2002)

  • Hon Philip Coyle, III, DOT&E, OSD (2001)

  • Mr. Walter Hollis, Department of the Army (2000)


Affiliate Associations

The Association for Enterprise Information    National Training and Simulation Association    Precision Strike Association    Women in Defense