State Representative Dave Wallace inducted into the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame
LEACHVILLE -- State Representative Dave Wallace, candidate for Arkansas State Senate -- District 22, has been selected by the Arkansas Aviation Historical Society as one of three inductees into the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame for 2016. He will be officially inducted on Nov. 17 at the 33rd Annual Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame ceremony, held at the Ron Robinson Theater, a part of the Central Arkansas Library System complex located in the River Market District of downtown Little Rock.
"I am truly honored to be inducted into the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame," Wallace said. "During my 21 years of active duty as a Cobra attack helicopter pilot, I flew in combat with some of the bravest pilots Army aviation ever produced. Twice I was shot down and twice my Air Cavalry brothers hovered over me protecting me as they fought and risked their own lives to save mine. These men were my brothers who I trusted with my life and I am proud that we never left a man behind in my Air Cavalry Troop although we did lose far too many. My thoughts will be with their families during the induction ceremony. My three Distinguished Flying Crosses, Bronze Star, 19 Air Medals and three Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry are as much a reflection upon my fellow pilots as myself."
The Arkansas Aviation Historical Society was founded in 1979 and since 1980 exactly 103 Arkansans have been inducted into the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame. They represent all corners of the state and each was selected because of his or her significant contribution to the development of aviation either in the state or nation.
About Wallace: Representative Dave Wallace was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2014, winning with over 56 percent of the vote.
He attended Arkansas State University and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant from the ROTC program in 1970. He served his country for over 20 years leading troops at every level from Platoon Leader to Company Commander and finally as a Battalion Commander in Divisions such as The 101st Airborne, First Cavalry Division and the First Infantry Division.
During the Vietnam War, Lieutenant Wallace was decorated for heroism on seven different occasions while flying Cobra attack helicopters in an Air Cavalry Troop. Shot down on two different occasions, Dave was awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses, an Air Medal for Valor, three Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry and a Bronze Star.
In 2010, he was inducted into the Arkansas State University Hall of Heroes and into the Arkansas Military Veteran's Hall of Fame in 2014.
As a conservative small business owner, Wallace has spent years creating jobs and making a weekly payroll. His company, Wallace Resources, specializes in disaster relief and has responded to many disasters including Joplin tornado rescue, the BP oil spill, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Isaac, Hurricane Ike, and the flooding of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Minot, N.D.
A graduate of Leachville High School, Wallace attended Arkansas State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Education.
Representative Wallace serves as chairman of the Military and Veterans Affairs committee, and on the Public Transportation committee; Committee on Aging, Children, and Youth; Legislative and Military Affairs; Legislative Joint Audit; Joint Performance Review; and as a liaison to the Senate.
He is married to Karen Grooms Wallace, who serves on the Leachville City Council, and they have two grown children.
For more information, visit www.dave4arkansas.com.