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From August 1961 to February 1963, Mr. Brewer was executive assistant to the president of Western Bancorporation of Los Angeles, a firm owning 26 banks.
Mr. Brewer served as President of the O.K. Tire and Rubber Co. of Littleton, Colo., from 1963 to 1968. The Littleton firm is a tire manufacturer with 1,000 franchised dealers and 18 retail outlets. In 1966 it was merged with Ashland Oil and Refining Co. of Ashland, Ky., and Mr. Brewer served as executive assistant to the chairman of the board of Ashland Oil.
He began his career with the Post Office Department in 1933 as a rural carrier in Kentucky; was a postal inspector from 1943 to 1953; and from 1953 to 1955 was decentralization officer, assisting the Post Master General in establishing the Department's 15 regional offices.
Prior to reentering Government service in 1969, Mr. Brewer served as director, Rose Manufacturing Co. of Denver, First National Bank of Englewood, Colo., Colorado State Bank, Denver, cha.rman of the board O.K. Tire Stores, Canada, Ltd., President, Arapahoe Advertising Agency, Littleton, Colo., assistant chairman of National Finance Committee Nixon for President, and executive chairman of Republican National Finance Committee. He has served as trustee of Ezra M. Bell Estate, president of Denver Federal Businessmen's Association, member of American Society of Public Administration, American Management Association, vice chairman, Money Credit Capital Committee of National Association of Manufacturers and is presently a trustee of Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Mathodist, Mason, and Rotarian. Presently lay leader, trustee and member of the official board of Trinity Methodist Church in Denver. He is active in religious and civic affairs and has received numerous honors and commendations. He is listed in World Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Who's Who in Methodism, and Who's Who in the West.
Mr. Brewer was born in Lewis County, Ky., on March 19, 1912, and is married to the former Lena Catherine Hickerson of Wallingford, Ky. The Brewers make their home at 7121 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, Va., and also maintain a residence in Denver. They have one son, William D. Brewer, Jr., a resident of Denver, Colo.
Senator HARTKE. We are pleased to have Senators Dominick and Allott here to present the nominee.
STATEMENT OF HON. GORDON ALLOTT, U.S. SENATOR FROM
Senator ALLOTT. Mr. Chairman and members of the committee: It is my pleasure to introduce on behalf of myself and Senator Dominick a longtime friend and resident of the State of Colorado, Mr. Donald Brewer, who is President Nixon's nominee to the Interstate Commerce Commission.
Mr. Brewer has served as Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration since October of last year. Prior to that Mr. Brewer served as Federal cochairman of the Four Corners Regional Commission, during which time he dealt in some depth with the transportation problems of a 92-county area of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.
Mr. Brewer comes to you well qualified for this position. He has had many responsible administrative positions, both within and without the Government. His experience in the Post Office for which he was a regional director in Denver from April 1955 to March 1961 has given him first-hand insight into transportation problems of all kinds involving airlines, railroads, trucks, and buses.
Further by way of background, from August 1961 until February 1963 Mr. Brewer served as executive assistant to the president of Western Bancorporation of Los Angeles, a corporation owning 27 banks. His unique insight into financial matters will make him a wel
come addition to the Interstate Commerce Commission, which must rule upon many complex financial transactions.
From May 1963 until his appointment as Federal cochairman of the Four Corners Commission, Mr. Brewer was president of the O.K. Tire and Rubber Co. in Denver, Colo., a nationwide firm with a thousand franchised dealers throughout the country and 18 company owned retail outlets.
Mr. Brewer has also had extensive experience with various business and professional organizations. He is married and has one son, who resides in Denver.
I could hardly be more pleased with this nomination, knowing Don Brewer as I do, and having had an opportunity to observe firsthand his knowledge and his experience. I enthusiastically recommend his selection and confirmation as Commissioner of the Interstate Commerce Commission.
It is my honor, together with Senator Dominick, who has a statement also, to present him to this committee.
Senator HARTKE. Thank you. Senator Dominick?
STATEMENT OF HON. PETER H. DOMINICK, U.S. SENATOR FROM
Senator DOMINICK. Mr. Chairman, Senator Cotton, distinguished members of the committee: It is a pleasure to be back with you, I might say. I have missed many of my companionships which I had on the Commerce Committee when I served on it before.
I have no prepared statement in addition to what Senator Allott already said. But I want to thoroughly endorse this nomination.
I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Brewer while he was Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration as a member of the Select Committee on Small Business. And I know that he had a great deal of imagination and initiative in trying to get the administrative matters of that agency more under control.
I also have known Mr. Brewer personally for many many years and can certainly testify as to his ability and his character. I have no hesitation in recommending him to you.
Senator HARTKE. Thank you, Senator.
Senator Baker, Senator Pearson, any questions?
Senator BAKER. No, Mr. Chairman, I have nothing, except this comment: I have known Mr. Brewer as Senator Dominick has, when he came before the Select Committee on Small Business and also before the Economic Development Subcommittee of the Public Works Committee where he has appeared many times. I am delighted to see you here in this capacity and facetiously I might point out that I introduced and I believe Senator Pearson and other members of this committee have cosponsored a proposal to authorize a commission to consider the abolishment of the ICC.
Senator PEARSON. I have no questions, Mr. Chairman.
Senator HARTKE. Senator Cotton?
Senator COTTON. Not at this time, except to say we appreciate both of the Colorado Senators getting up this morning, after so late a session last night and coming in to give us their recommendations for Mr. Brewer.
Senator ALLOTT. Thank you very much.
Senator HARTKE. Thank you for coming gentlemen. I also have a letter from Congressman Brotzman to insert in the record.
Hon. WARREN G. MAGNUSON,
CONGRESS OF THE UNITED States,
DEAR SENATOR MAGNUSON: This is to advise you that I am acquainted with Mr. W. Donald Brewer who has recently been nominated for an appointment to the Interstate Commerce Commission by President Nixon.
It is my understanding that in the near future you will be holding hearings regarding his nomination.
I first knew Mr. Brewer as a member of the "Federal Family" in the Denver Metropolitan Area. At that time he was serving as Regional Director of the Post Office Department and I was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado. From my observation, he was a dedicated, able public servant, combining innovation with pragmatism in the discharge of his duties.
At a later period I also had the opportunity to observe him in his capacity as president of the O.K. Tire and Rubber Company and as an outstanding and selfless community leader in the Denver Metropolitan Area. He gave immeasurably of his time to community activities and was highly regarded for his many contributions.
In short, I believe him to be an experienced and qualified public servant and believe he will do an excellent job as a member of the Interstate Commerce Commission.
If I can provide further information feel free to call on me.
DONALD G. BROTZMAN,
Senator HARTKE. Now Mr. Brewer, if you would stand aside for a few moments, we will consider the Coast Guard nominations at this time.
STATEMENT OF ADM. CHESTER R. BENDER, COMMANDANT OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD, RELATIVE TO PROMOTIONS OF CAPT. WILLIAM A. JENKINS AND CAPT. AUSTIN C. WAGNER TO THE RANK OF REAR ADMIRAL
Commandant BENDER. Mr. Chairman and members of the committee: I am Adm. Chester R. Bender, Commandant of the Coast Guard.
I welcome the opportunity to speak on behalf of Captain Wagner and Captain Jenkins, whose nominations to rear admiral are before you this morning.
One vacancy in our flag rank will occur as a result of an unexpected retirement, and as a result of our admiral officer recount as required by title 14, United States Code, we are authorized an additional flag billet. The number of flag officers, however, will remain the same through the recent retirement of Rear Admiral Murphy, who was an extra number.
Our total number of flag officers then will be 27, including one admiral, one vice admiral, and 25 rear admirals.
The biographies of Captain Wagner and Captain Jenkins have already been transmitted to you, so I will not review their careers in detail.
I would point out that both of these officers have served in a variety of assignments ashore and afloat throughout the Coast Guard and have great depth of administrative and operational expertise. Both are completing assignments in positions of great responsibility.
Captain Wagner is now under orders to report to Coast Guard Headquarters, where he will assume duties as chief, office of boating safety.
Captain Jenkins is presently in Cleveland, Ohio, preparing to assume duties as commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District. Captain Wagner is with me today, but Captain Jenkins is presently in the process of relieving the commander in the ninth district and we thought it not feasible to have him with us. We have earlier advised the committee in this regard.
I would like to speak a bit from personal experience concerning these two officers whom I have known for 20 to 25 years.
Captain Wagner served with me when I was superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy, when he was then commandant of cadets and I found him to be not only an able but very energetic and willing officer.
In the case of Captain Jenkins, he succeeded me after a brief interval 20 years ago as aide and pilot to the Commandant of the Coast Guard and I have continued to hear nothing but good reports on him throughout his career.
In recent years he has developed quite a reputation in the field of oil spill pollution control and prevention and has been given an award for this within the past several months.
I can very sincerely say both of these officers, in my opinion, well
Senator HARTKE. Do you have any questions?
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF CAPT. WILLIAM A. JENKINS, U.S. COAST GUARD
William A. Jenkins was born on November 2, 1917, at Kansas City, Mo., where he graduated from Central High School in 1936, and received an A.S. degree from Kansas City Junior College in 1938.
He was graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Conn., with a B.S. degree in engineering and with a commission of ensign on December 19, 1941, a few days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
During World War II, he first served as watch officer and deck officer on board the cutter Onondaga out of Seattle, Wash. In October 1942, he took charge of 83-foot patrol vessels operating on coastal convoy duty and submarine hunting out of the Coast Guard Station, Sandy Hook, N.J. From May to September of 1943 he was assigned to the ordnance and readiness section at the 3d Coast Guard District office in New York as training officer for the picket patrol forces. Assigned next to flight training at the Naval Air Station in Memphis, Tenn., and Pensacola, Fla., he received his wings from the latter in January 1944. During his first tour of duty as aviator at the Coast Guard Air Station, San Francisco, he piloted aircraft on air-sea rescue missions, was in charge of flight crews engaged in racon calibrating and loran accuracy checks, and was
in charge of the station's air-sea rescue boats. In addition, he served as navigator and watch officer.
While next assigned at the Coast Guard Air Station, Brooklyn, N.Y., from June 1946 to October 1949, he served as assistant operations officer and acting flight commander. That was followed by a stint as executive officer, operations officer, and acting flight commander at the Coast Guard Air Detachment in Argentia, Newfoundland, which supplied the aircraft for the annual international ice patrol.
He next was stationed in Washington, D.C., as personal aide and pilot to the U.S. Coast Guard commandant from July 1950 to October 1954. At that time he was ordered to Hawaii where he first served as watch officer and operations officer as well as executive officer at the Coast Guard Air Detachment on Barber's Point until July 1956. He then served as chief, search and rescue division and as senior controller of the rescue coordination center at the 14th Coast Guard District office in Honolulu until August 1957.
While next stationed at the Coast Guard Academy for 4 years, Captain Jenkins served as head of the navigation and aviation department as well as assistant commandant of the cadets. In July 1961, he assumed command of the Coast Guard Air Detachment at San Juan, Puerto Rico, to which was added the duty of section commander, Greater Antilles section, in January 1963. In February of 1964, he was named commander of the Greater Antilles section, which includes command of the Coast Guard base and captain of the port office in San Juan and the role of search and rescue coordinator in that sector.
In August 1964, he returned to Washington to enroll at the National War College. After graduating in June 1965, he became chief, law enforcement division and program manager in the office of operations at headquarters. While in that post he became intensely involved in the pollution control problems. Some of his efforts in this respect included serving as chairman of an interagency oil spillage study group to explore means of coping with major oil pollution problems, sponsoring an investigation of sunken tankers as potential sources of pollution, representing the United States at international meetings of the North Sea countries on oil pollution contingency planning in Hamburg, Germany-1967 and 1968. He represented the Coast Guard on a study group panel which produced the major report called, "Oil Pollution-A Report to the President," and served as member of an interagency group which developed the current national multiagency oil and hazardous materials contingency plan. Captain Jenkins was cited for these and other achievements in that field when he was awarded the Coast Guard Commendation Medal in 1968.
He was presented a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Coast Guard Commendation Medal for meritorious achievement in the performance of duty while serving at headquarters as alternate department of transportation member of the committee on multiple use of the coastal zone of the National Council of Marine Resources and Engineering Development from August 1967 to June 1969.
Captain Jenkins served as deputy chief, office of operations at headquarters from June 1968 to June 1969, when he was transferred to Boston, Mass., to become Chief of Staff of the First Coast Guard District.
In addition to the first Coast Guard Commendation on Medal and the Gold Star in lieu of a Second Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Captain Jenkins has the following World War II campaign service medals and ribbons: American area, American defense, As atic-Pacific, World War II victory. He also has a medal for the Cuban missile crisis.
Following is a resumé of his appointments in rank: Ensign, December 19, 1941; lieutenant (jg), October 2, 1942; lieutenant, May 25, 1943; lieutenant commander, October 23, 1945; commander, July 1, 1956; captain, July 1, 1963. Nominated for rank of rear admiral, June 5, 1970.
During his years as a cadet from August 1938 to December 1941-shortened from 4 years to 3 because of the war emergency, Captain Jenkins was associate editor of the cadet year book, "Tide Rips-Class of 1942."
Captain Jenkins' wife is the former Frances Overin of Rockville Center, N.Y., a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College. They have two children, William O., born July 28, 1949, and Judith, March 13, 1951.
Added note: Nominated by the President June 5, 1970, for the permanent rank of rear admiral; awaiting confirmat on of the Senate.
Under orders to become Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District, Cleveland, Ohio, effective July 1, 1970.