HALL OF FAME
E-Mail: Museum Director
Mr. Ozro M. Covington
Army Signal Missile Support Agency
Mr. Ozro M. Covington was born July 10, 1914, near
Center, Texas. He graduated from high school in Mount Vernon, Texas, and
attended North Texas Agricultural College.
Covington came to White Sands Proving Ground in May
1946. He served as senior civilian of the Signal Corps Organization, a
detachment of the Signal Corps Laboratories. His titles included supervisory
engineer, chief engineer and technical director of the U.S. Army Missile
Notable achievements under Covington's leadership
included radar becoming the primary source for flight safety, chain radar as
an acquisition aid and drone control using range instrumentation radar.
Covington was instrumental in enabling the first U.S. guided missile to
receive guidance commands from the ground. He played a role in the development
of specifications for range instrumentation radar, the first range
communications system and creation of the frequency coordination function and
office. Covington established photographic capabilities for public relations
and historical coverage on the missile range. He was instrumental in the
establishment of upper atmospheric and ionosphere research, electronic
countermeasures and electronic warfare facilities.
After leaving WSMR in 1961, Covington worked at NASA
Goddard Space Flight Center. He retired from NASA in June 1973.
Mr. Covington died on 18 May 2006.