Became the Marine Corps’ first Aviator on August 20, 1912.
Participated in the first Naval Aviation exercises in Cuba in 1913, demonstrating the first use of air-planes in scouting missions.
Served on a Board to plan and organize the Naval Aeronautical Service and recommended establishment of a Navy Air Department, a Naval Air Station at Pensacola, and placing an airplane aboard every battleship.
Became the first Marine or Navy officer to take instructions and learn to fly landplanes.
On July 16, 1916 he made the first airplane catapult from a warship.
Placed in command of the First Marine Aviation Force as the Day Wing of the Northern Bombing Group during World War I.