In a letter released earlier this month, Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley, commanding general of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, announced his decision to postpone the 2013 Military Intelligence Hall of Fame, or MI HoF, induction ceremony. “Given the budget constraints felt throughout the Army and the Department of Defense this year, we will hold the next Hall of Fame ceremony in June 2014, at which time we will honor both the Class of 2013 and the Class of 2014 simultaneously,” he wrote.
Ashley announced the names of the selectees for induction into the MI HoF for 2013, chosen from 35 nominations:
Robert Winchester served more than 35 years in Army intelligence and the national intelligence community, including as an intelligence analyst noncommissioned officer, or NCO, in Vietnam, seven years at the CIA, and 25 years as the intelligence legislative representative with the U.S. Congress. While in the latter position, he was involved with nearly every system, project and program within Army MI between 1984 and 2010.
When he retired as the special assistant for Legislative Affairs, Office of Congressional and Legislative Liaison, Headquarters, Department of the Army, he had supported 10 Army G2s, eight Army chiefs of staff, and 14 secretaries of the Army.
Retired Col. Willaim “Jerry” Tait had a direct impact on the Military Intelligence Corps back in 1987, when, as a captain, he served as the action officer for the Corps activation. Then, he served in successively more demanding positions, including the director of Intelligence for the 4th ID; commander of the 104th MI Battalion; G3 III Corps; G2 for III Corps/CJ2; Multi-National Corps Iraq; and intelligence advisor on the commander’s transition team, Multi-National Forces Iraq. When he retired in 2010 as executive officer to the commanding general, Ill Corps, he had served more than 30 years in military intelligence. He continues to serve the community as a secretary of defense-appointed member of the Army Science Board.
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin Saunders is a leader who is well-known within the Ml Corps as he served on both the operational and training sides of Ml as well as with the Special Forces community.
Initially a 13B field artillery cannon crewman, Saunders reclassified as a 96U tactical unmanned aerial vehicle operator and was instrumental in helping to develop the Army’s nascent unmanned aerial vehicle program. In addition, he developed signal intelligence training that employed modern signals, merged traditional imagery training with full motion video training, increased human intelligence training and was a strong supporter of the integration of distributive common ground system-Army across the Ml force.
Saunders served as a battalion, brigade, Ml Corps and Army Intelligence Center command sergeant major, and then finished his 27-year career as the Army G2 command sergeant major.
The final 2013 inductee is Brevet Brig. Gen. George Sharpe, deceased, who organized and headed the Army of the Potomac’s intelligence service from 1863 to 1865. Sharpe’s Bureau of Military Information was considered consistently successful in providing invaluable intelligence to three Union commanders, including General Ulysses Grant.
In his letter, Ashley recognized and thanked retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Lon Castleton for his service over the past six years as the honorary chief warrant officer of the Ml Corps. He will become a distinguished member of the Corps and turn over the reins to the new Honorary Warrant Officer, retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Rex Williams at the next induction ceremony. He will join retired Col. Al Elliott and retired Command Sgt. Maj. Art Johnson who were installed as the honorary colonel and sergeant major, respectively, last year.
“I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to confer honorary membership in the Ml Corps upon Mrs. Pauline Weinstein,” Ashley wrote. “Sometimes an individual’s widespread but unsung contributions merit recognition, but they don’t meet the stringent criteria we set for so many of our awards. Giving Pauline honorary membership in our Corps recognizes her service to the Ml Corps for nearly 60 years,” he stated. “As the beloved wife of the equally beloved Lt. Gen. Sidney ‘Tom’ Weinstein, she supported his career, raised a Family, mentored young military spouses, and touched the lives of countless Ml Soldiers and their Families.
“As retired Col. Dan Baker stated, ‘Pauline’s ‘children’ numbered far more than the three youngsters she brought into the world; she shared her love and patience with all of her Soldiers and Family members, recognizing their specialness for having chosen the Army life.’”
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 MI HoF, and Ashley encouraged members of the MI community to recommend those individuals who have contributed significantly to the Ml profession.
“Each of us must do our part to ensure our Hall of Fame represents the best of the Ml Corps from all grades, our civilian force, and our active component, National Guard and Reserve forces. A chronic problem has been the few nominations received for warrant officers, NCOs, company grade officers, Reserve and National Guard members, and civilians. Let’s all work to remedy this situation in the years to come,” Ashley said.
The suspense for nominations for 2014 is Oct. 15. For more information on the nomination process and past inductees, go to the Ml Hall of Fame website, https://www.ikn.army.mil/apps/iknwms/default.aspx?webld=2180.
For other MI HoF questions or information, contact Lori Tagg, 533.4113 or email@example.com.
More information about 2014 Ml Hall of Fame and the soon-to-be determined Class of 2014 will follow in the fall.