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Maj. Gen. John Shanahan, Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency commander, speaks at the Boyd Hall re-dedication ceremony June 13, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Shanahan researched the work and legacy of Col. John Boyd, reached out to the family, friends, colleagues, and developed all of the display items that hung on the walls for the original Boyd Hall dedication in 1998. Shanahan was a colleague of Boyd’s and was the Weapons School Support Division commander. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard)

Maj. Gen. John Shanahan, Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency commander, speaks at the Boyd Hall re-dedication ceremony June 13, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Shanahan researched the work and legacy of Col. John Boyd, reached out to the family, friends, colleagues, and developed all of the display items that hung on the walls for the original Boyd Hall dedication in 1998. Shanahan was a colleague of Boyd’s and was the Weapons School Support Division commander. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard)

Mary Ellen Boyd, daughter of the late Col. John R. Boyd, hangs her father’s ribbon rack on the wall of Boyd Hall during a re-dedication ceremony June 14, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Boyd was a senior pilot with more than 2,100 hours in the F-86 Sabre and the F-100 Super Sabre. Boyd received the Air Force Systems Command Scientific Achievement Award, the USAF Research and Development Award, the Air Force Association Citation of Honor, the Arnold Air Society Hoyt S. Vandenberg Award, and the Dr. Harold Brown Award for his work on energy-maneuverability, fighter design, and air-to-air tactics. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard)

Mary Ellen Boyd, daughter of the late Col. John R. Boyd, hangs her father’s ribbon rack on the wall of Boyd Hall during a re-dedication ceremony June 14, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Boyd was a senior pilot with more than 2,100 hours in the F-86 Sabre and the F-100 Super Sabre. Boyd received the Air Force Systems Command Scientific Achievement Award, the USAF Research and Development Award, the Air Force Association Citation of Honor, the Arnold Air Society Hoyt S. Vandenberg Award, and the Dr. Harold Brown Award for his work on energy-maneuverability, fighter design, and air-to-air tactics. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- Boyd Hall was re-dedicated at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School June 13 in tribute to Col. John Boyd.

The re-dedication unveiled additions made to Boyd Hall's original display illustrating Boyd's achievements in the U.S Air Force, many of which occurred during his time as a Fighter Weapons School instructor pilot at Nellis AFB where he flew numerous fighter aircraft including the F-100 Super Sabre.

One of his most recognizable achievements was the development of the observe, orient, decide and act decision making process, also known as the OODA loop, taught throughout professional military education.

Boyd was also known for multiple speeches and quotes including "The world is divided into 'hosers' and 'hosees.' Your job as fighter pilots is to be a 'hoser.' I, of course, am the ultimate 'hoser.'"

Boyd Hall's first dedication was held Sept. 17, 1999, and was led by now Maj. Gen. John N.T. Shanahan, Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency commander.
Shanahan, a lieutenant colonel at the time, was the USAFWS Support Division commander.

"It is remarkable to see the transformation from 14 years ago," said Shanahan, the guest speaker at the re-dedication ceremony. "This is an appropriate way to memorialize someone.

"I hope [Airmen] have an opportunity to come down and see [the displays]," he added.

"He changed the way the Air Force fought and taught," said Maj. Amanda Figueroa, 19th Weapons Squadron assistant director of operations and one of the project managers for the re-dedication. "Not that many Airmen know who he was and what he did. A trip to Boyd Hall will help Airmen get to know the man."

The walls of Boyd Hall are now jam-packed with photos, stories and quotes from Boyd that were donated by museums and Boyd's family members.

Figueroa said every item on display has a purpose, including the life sized photo of Boyd viewable through the front door intended to catch people's attention and draw them in.

According to Mary Boyd, his daughter, this re-dedication shows his integrity and honor.

"It makes me feel good that people are putting all this effort into [telling my father's story]," she said.

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