Robert Joseph Cousy is an American retired professional basketball player. Cousy played point guard with the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963, with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1969–70 season. Making his high school varsity squad as a junior, he went on to earn a scholarship to the College of the Holy Cross, where he led the Crusaders to berths in the 1948 NCAA Tournament and 1950 NCAA Tournament, won NCAA All-American honors for three seasons. Cousy was drafted by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks as the third overall pick in the first round of the 1950 NBA draft, but after he refused to report, he was picked up by Boston, he had an exceptionally successful career with the Celtics, leading the league an unprecedented 8 straight years in assists, playing on six NBA championship teams, being voted into 13 NBA All-Star Games in his 13 full NBA seasons. He was named to 12 All-NBA First and Second Teams and won the 1957 NBA Most Valuable Player Award. En route to his assist streak, unmatched either in number of crowns or consecutive years, Cousy introduced a new blend of ball-handling and passing skills to the NBA that earned him the nickname "The Houdini of the Hardwood".
Known as "Cooz", he was introduced at Boston Garden as "Mr. Basketball". After his playing career, he coached the Royals for several years, capped by a seven-game cameo comeback for them at age 41. Cousy became a broadcaster for Celtics games. Upon his election to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1971 the Celtics retired his No. 14 jersey and hung it in the rafters of the Garden. Cousy was named to the NBA 25th Anniversary Team in 1971, the NBA 35th Anniversary Team in 1981, the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996, making him one of only four players that were selected to each of those teams, he was the first president of National Basketball Players Association. On August 22, 2019, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump. Cousy was the only son of poor French immigrants living in New York City, he grew up in the Yorkville neighborhood of Manhattan's East Side, in the midst of the Great Depression. His father Joseph was a cab driver; the elder Cousy had served in the German Army during World War I.
Shortly after the war, his first wife died of pneumonia. He married a secretary and French teacher from Dijon. At the time of the 1930 census, the family was renting an apartment in Astoria, for $50 per month; the younger Cousy spoke French for the first 5 years of his life, started to speak English only after entering primary school. He spent his early days playing stickball in a multicultural environment playing with African Americans and other ethnic minority children; these experiences ingrained him with a strong anti-racist sentiment, an attitude he prominently promoted during his professional career. When he was 12, his family moved to a rented house in Queens; that summer, the elder Cousy put a $500 down payment for a $4,500 house four blocks away. He rented out the bottom two floors of the three-story building to tenants to help make his mortgage payments on time. Cousy took up basketball at the age of 13 as a student at St. Pascal's elementary school, was "immediately hooked"; the following year, he entered Andrew Jackson High School in St Albans.
His basketball success was not immediate, in fact he was cut from the school team in his first year. That year, he joined the St. Albans Lindens of the Press League, a basketball league sponsored by the Long Island Press, where he began to develop his basketball skills and gained much-needed experience; the next year, however, he was again cut during the tryouts for the school basketball team. That same year, he broke his right hand; the injury forced him to play left-handed until his hand healed, making him ambidextrous. In retrospect, he described this accident as "a fortunate event" and cited it as a factor in making him more versatile on the court. During a Press League game, the high school basketball coach saw, he was impressed by the budding star's two-handed ability and invited Cousy to come to practice the following day to try out for the junior varsity team. He did well enough to become a permanent member of the JV squad, he continued to practice day and night, by his junior year was sure he was going to be promoted to the varsity.
He joined the varsity squad midway through the season, scoring 28 points in his first game. He had no intention of attending college, but after he started to make a name for himself on the basketball court he started to focus on improving in both academics and basketball skills to make it easier for him to get into college, he again excelled in basketball his senior year, leading his team to the Queens divisional championship and amassing more points than any other New York City high school basketball player. He was named captain of the Journal-American All-Scholastic team, he began to plan for college. His family had wanted him to attend a Catholic school, he wanted to go somewhere outside New York City. Boston College recruited him, he considered accepting the BC offer, but it had no dormitories, he was not interested in being a commuter student. Soon afterward, he received an offer from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts about forty miles west of Boston, he was impressed by the school, accepted the basketball scholarship it offered him.
The 135th Airlift Group is an inactive unit of the United States Air Force, allotted to the Maryland Air National Guard. At the time of its inactivation, it was assigned to the 175th Wing, stationed at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Middle River, Maryland; the unit cased its colors 27 Sep 2013 and was inactivated 30 Sep 2013. The 135th Airlift Group mission was to maintain combat-ready aircrew and aircraft to mobilize and provide intra-theater airlift in support of U. S. interests worldwide. It supported theater commanders' requirements for combat delivery capability through tactical airland/airdrop operations and humanitarian aeromedical evacuations. 135th Airlift Squadron 135th Operations Support Flight 135th Maintenance Squadron 135th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron 135th Maintenance Operations Flight The Maryland Air National Guard's introduction to the world of special operations began when Air Force leaders decided to phase out active duty air commando units in 1954. Despite the decision, there was still a need to maintain a limited number of crews and aircraft to support unconventional warfare missions.
After lengthy deliberations, the Air Force decided in 1955 to establish four special air warfare units within the Air National Guard: the 129th Air Resupply Group in California, the 130th in West Virginia, the 143d in Rhode Island, the 135th in Maryland. The 135th Air Resupply Squadron was established in September 1955 as a new Maryland Air National Guard unit with no previous United States Air Force history or lineage by the National Guard Bureau. Activated on 10 September at Harbor Field, Maryland, the squadron was assigned to the 135th Air Resupply Group. Allocated to Military Air Transport Service, equipped with C-46D Commando transports; the 135th was designated at the time as a "Psychological Warfare" unit which supported USAF unconventional warfare, direct action, strategic reconnaissance, PSYWAR operations. The C-46 was supplemented by SA-16 Albatross amphibious aircraft beginning in 1956; the SA-16 replaced the C-46s in late 1958. Training for water landings with the SA-16 was hazardous.
To make matters worse, doctrine required pilots to land their aircraft on water at night, with no landing lights. Night water landings were practiced at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in southern Maryland. Three crewmen were killed when their plane crashed while attempting a water landing in May 1956; the 135th's mission included counterinsurgency, military civic action, psychological operations, tactical air operations, unconventional warfare. In addition to blacked-out water landings, the SA-16 crews practiced pulling personnel from the ground by means of the Fulton Recovery System, which retired Col. Richard T. Lynch, a former 135th commander, described as being "like bungee jumping in reverse." In 1958, the group was taken over by the Maryland Air National Guard. However, it was reactivated in 1962 and re-designated as Air Commando following the revival of an active duty air commando unit at Hurlburt Field, Florida in line with President John F. Kennedy's initiative to bolster the United States military special forces during the early involvement in the Vietnam War.
In 1963, the 135th added U-10 Super Couriers to its inventory. The U-10s were used for infiltration and psychological operations; these aircraft were temporarily replaced by U-6 Beavers from 1965 to 1967 due to a need for U-10s in Vietnam. In 1963, the 135th participated in Exercise Swift Strike III, one of the largest military maneuvers since World War II. During the exercise, the unit not only flew a variety of special air warfare missions, but received an operational readiness inspection from Tactical Air Command to boot; the 135th worked with U. S. intelligence agencies. A common mission was to pick up agents in training, fly a zig-zag course to make sure they didn't know where they were headed have them parachute out over western Maryland; the trainees had to make their way to Patuxent with only the resources they carried—sometimes taking as much as six weeks to do so. The 135th would fly down to "extract" the trainees and bring them home; the unit's loudspeaker-equipped U-10s were used to broadcast orders to student protesters at the University of Maryland during demonstrations in 1971, their only actual operational use by the 135th.
It remained a special operations-type unit until 1971, when it was reorganized as a tactical air support unit. In this role, it was tasked with providing Forward Air Controllers to direct air strikes in support of troops on the ground. In 1977 it was again reorganized, this time as a tactical airlift unit as part of a general program to upgrade Air National Guard units. Was assigned the C-7A Caribou light transport, the aircraft being Vietnam War veterans. In 1980, the unit converted to the C-130B Hercules. In 1981, it moved across the field to join other Maryland Air National Guard units based on the north side of the field; the military facilities are named Warfield Air National Guard Base. During the early 1990s, the 135th participated in humanitarian relief efforts in Somalia and humanitarian relief in Bosnia, the U. S. intervention in Haiti and the enforcement of U. N. sanctions against Iraq during the 1990s. In mid-1996, the Air Force, in response to budget cuts, changing world situations, began experimenting with Air Expeditionary organizations.
The Air Expeditionary Force concept was developed that would mix Active-Duty and Air National Guard elements into a combined force. Instead of entire permanent units deploying as "Provisional" as in the 1991 Gulf War, Expeditionary units are composed of "aviation packages" f
Bruce R. Cutler is an American politician, he was a Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives representing District 44 from January 1, 2015 through December 2018. Cutler was born in the Cottonwood Heights area of Utah; when he was 15 his family moved to the East Millcreek area. He served as mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Uruguay-Paraguay mission, he received a BS degree in Computer Science from the University of Utah. He lives in Murray, Utah with his wife Kathie and four daughters. In 2014, Cutler defeated John Jackson and Raymond Poole in the Republican convention and won the November 4, 2014 general election against Democratic nominee Christine Passey and Libertarian nominee Bret Black with 4,208 votes. During the 2016 general session Cutler served on the House Education Committee, House Judiciary Committee, Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee. During the interim he serves on the Judiciary Interim Committee. In 2016, Cutler did. Official page at the Utah State Legislature Profile at Project Vote Smart Bruce Cutler at Ballotpedia Bruce Cutler Official Website