When the commanding general and command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence uncovered the Military Intelligence Crest Monument in front of Fort Huachuca’s Alvarado Hall on Wednesday, they concluded the final event in a year-long commemoration of the gold and silver anniversaries of the MI Branch and Corps. The monument itself is a bronze cast replica of the MI Branch and MI Corps crests, with a description of the symbolism and history of each mounted on the stone pedestal below. The bronze crests were designed to complement the MI Sphinx, also located in front of the Intelligence Center headquarters.
With an audience of more than 150 in attendance, General Gregg Potter highlighted two visionary leaders in the evolution of Army’s intelligence: Maj. Gen. Alva Fitch, who won the battle 50 years ago to establish the Branch, and Maj. Gen. Julius Parker, who led the effort to activate the Corps 25 years later. “What these MI professionals from our past accomplished impacted the lives of every individual in MI and continues to touch us daily, as well as guide us as we prepare for the future,” Potter said.
While much of Potter’s speech was dedicated to pointing out the parallels between historic intelligence practices and modern intelligence disciplines, the biggest reaction from the audience came when he discussed how Signals Intelligence capabilities have evolved. Comparing radio intercept tractors of 1916 with communications intercept “Trailblazers” of the 1980s, even the general had to chuckle in memory of that not-so-distant past vehicle, which bears slim resemblance to the streamlined “Prophet” system of today.