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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

CHARLOTTE HOLDER CLINGER PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Charlotte Holder Clinger (b. 1943) of Asheboro, North Carolina, worked in intelligence in the U.S. Air Force and the reserves from 1967 to 1994, including two tours in Southeast Asia. She also worked for the Central Intelligence Agency from the late 1970s to the 2001.


BIOGRAPHY

Charlotte Holder Clinger was born on 8 November 1943 in Asheboro, North Carolina. The family moved throughout the Carolinas while Clinger was growing up, and moved to Queretaro City, Mexico, for one year when she was a senior in high school. Clinger attended Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina, for one year, the University of the Americas in Mexico City for one year, and then transferred to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). She graduated from UNCG in 1965 with a degree in history.

Clinger joined the air force in August 1967. She attended Officer Training School for three months at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and was then sent to Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado, for intelligence training in November. While at Lowry, Clinger met her future husband, Noel Clinger.

In fall 1968, Clinger received orders to the Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base in Korat, Thailand, where she was the first woman ever stationed with the 553rd Reconnaissance Wing. She did intelligence briefings and debriefings during that one-year tour, which also included temporary duty at U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Air Field. Clinger returned to the United States in September 1969 with orders to Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, Texas, where she worked in intelligence at the 12th Air Force Headquarters with the Tactical Air Command. In January 1973, Clinger returned to Southeast Asia, this time assigned to Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base. She initially did intelligence work for F-111 fighter bombers, then worked as wing executive officer under Colonel Thomas Lacy. She returned to Austin in July 1973.

In December 1973 Charlotte Clinger married Noel Clinger and transferred back to Lowry AFB, where they both taught in the intelligence school. In 1975, Charlotte Clinger resigned active duty and joined a reserve unit of the Air Force Intelligence Service based at Lowry, while working on a master's degree at the University of Northern Colorado. In the late 1970s, the Clingers joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and moved to Fairfax, Virginia. During that time Clinger also became the first woman to command a Joint Military Reserve Training Command unit, which she did from 1991 to 1994. Clinger retired from the reserve as a full colonel in 1994. She retired from the CIA in 2001.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Charlotte Holder Clinger briefs air crews, circa 1969
Item # WV0230.6.006
From the Charlotte Holder Clinger Papers
Charlotte Holder Clinger looks at a map, 1969
Item # WV0230.6.002
From the Charlotte Holder Clinger Papers
Charlotte Holder Clinger at Officer Training School, 1967
Item # WV0230.6.001
From the Charlotte Holder Clinger Papers
Oral history interview with Charlotte Holder Clinger, 2006
Item # WV0230.5.001
From the Charlotte Holder Clinger Papers
Charlotte Holder Clinger in the DCOI office, 1969
Item # WV0230.6.003
From the Charlotte Holder Clinger Papers
Charlotte Holder Clinger with Christmas tree, 1968
Item # WV0230.6.004
From the Charlotte Holder Clinger Papers
C-121 airplane, 1969
Item # WV0230.6.005
From the Charlotte Holder Clinger Papers
Charlotte Holder Clinger recieves award, circa 1994
Item # WV0230.6.013
From the Charlotte Holder Clinger Papers
Charlotte Holder Clinger with a lei, 1969
Item # WV0230.6.014
From the Charlotte Holder Clinger Papers
Photograph of Charlotte Clinger and Linda Jones in Bangkok, 1969
Item # WV0230.6.015
From the Charlotte Holder Clinger Papers
Air Force personnel at Korat, Thailand, 1969
Item # WV0230.6.007
From the Charlotte Holder Clinger Papers
Air force party in Korat, Thailand, circa 1969
Item # WV0230.6.008
From the Charlotte Holder Clinger Papers
Charlotte Holder Clinger with orphans, 1969
Item # WV0230.6.009
From the Charlotte Holder Clinger Papers
Charlotte Holder Clinger in the cockpit of a plane, circa 1970
Item # WV0230.6.010
From the Charlotte Holder Clinger Papers
Charlotte Holder Clinger and Colonel Lacy, 1973
Item # WV0230.6.011
From the Charlotte Holder Clinger Papers
Colonel Lacy and air force personnel, 1973
Item # WV0230.6.012
From the Charlotte Holder Clinger Papers
U.S. Air Force summer cord uniform, circa 1968
Item # WV0230.8.001
From the Charlotte Holder Clinger Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Summer Light Blue Blouse with Navy Wrap-around Skirt, circa 1968-1974; Rest and Relaxation Suit with Ascot and White Boots, circa 1968-1974; military papers.