State Journal-Register

April 27, 2001

Nyland named to take over Marine air programs 


WASHINGTON - The Pentagon announced Thursday that Lt. Gen. William L. Nyland has been nominated to take over direction of the Marine Corps' troubled aircraft programs, including the MV-22 Osprey.

Nyland, a native of Coronado, Calif., would take over the deputy commandant for aviation post from Lt. Gen. Frederick McCorkle, who has been in the spotlight for a year because of the two fatal accidents and allegations of falsified records plaguing the Osprey.

McCorkle, 56, has been expected to retire this summer after 34 years of service, and his departure is not related to the controversy surrounding the tilt-rotor transport. He is a veteran helicopter pilot who flew 1,500 combat missions in Vietnam.

McCorkle's deputy, Brig. Gen. James Amos, has been nominated for promotion to major general and is expected to get a new
assignment. Although he had been caught up in the investigation of the alleged attempt to falsify the maintenance records at the
Osprey training squadron, the Senate committee that will have to approve his nomination has been told he is not a target of the
probe. Col. Nolan Schmidt, the Osprey program manager, also will retire in June after being passed over for promotion.

Nyland, 54, currently is the deputy commandant for programs and resources. He is a naval flight officer and has flown as a radar intercept and weapons officer in the back seats of F-4 Phantoms and F/A-18 Hornets, including 122 combat missions in Vietnam. He has commanded Marine Fighter-Attack Squadron 232 and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.

Nyland apparently would be the first non-pilot to head the Marines' aviation programs.