MI Corps Hall of Fame: 2005 Military Intelligence corps Hall of Fame.
* Command Sergeant Major James A. Johnson (Retired).
* Major General John A. Leide (Retired).
* Colonel Thomas F. McCord (Retired).
* CW4 Dennis E. Renken (Retired).
* CW5 Rex A. Williams (Retired).
Command Sergeant Major James A. Johnson (U.S. Army, Retired) CSM Johnson enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1965 and served a 17 month combat tour in Vietnam with the 2d Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division. He joined the Army in 1970 and was assigned to the 400th U.S. Army Security Agency (ASA) Special Operations Detachment, 1st Special Forces Group (SFG), Okinawa, Japan. In 1976 he went on to serve as Team Sergeant, 402nd U.S. ASA Special Operations Detachment, 10th SFG, Fort Devens, Massachusetts where he was part of the initial cadre that developed the concept of direct military intelligence (MI) support to the Special Forces.
In 1982, CSM Johnson served as Operations Sergeant, then as First Sergeant in the Support Battalion, U.S. Army Field Station Augsburg. He then moved to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as a First Sergeant in the 519th MI Battalion, 525th MI Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, from 1984 to 1987. He was then selected as the battalion Command Sergeant Major of the 3d MI Battalion (Aerial Exploitation), Republic of Korea.
In 1989, CSM Johnson was selected as the Command Sergeant Major of the 111th MI Brigade at Fort Huachuca in charge of thousands of new MI Soldiers. He instituted a program that supported and monitored drill sergeants, resulting in a new level of professionalism and eliminating potential instances of trainee abuse. In preparation for Operation DESERT STORM, CSM Johnson established a training program to prepare the newly formed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Platoon for deployment to the theater of operations to support Fifth Corps. The Platoon received numerous operational commendations and returned to Fort Huachuca with no casualties. CSM Johnson was then selected for the position of the Command Sergeant Major, US Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca (USAIC&FH) and of the Military Intelligence Corps in 1991. Through his superb leadership, the professionalism of noncommissioned officers (NCOs) reached new heights throughout the Corps, as did the quality of care and training of our soldiers.
CSM Johnson was selected as the Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) in 1993. His unique ability to communicate effectively with soldiers and NCOs, to identify issues in their training or support, and to immediately initiate corrective actions enabled him to solve problems quickly and ensure soldiers always received the best possible support.
CSM Johnson retired in October 1995 and was selected for a position with the Army component of the Medina Regional Signals Operations Center (MRSOC), at Lackland AFB, Texas. From 1995 to 2003 he served as the Chief, Regional Technical Control and Analysis Cell and later as the Mission Director of a remoted signals mission, 314th MI Battalion, 116th MI Group. He is currently serving as Mission Director Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Fusion Cell/Senior SIGINT Advisor, 470th MI Group.
In 2002, CSM Johnson received the INSCOM Commander's Plaque for Operational Achievement for his work in collection mission Swift Canopy which provided force protection to U.S. Army South personnel. This award goes to a non-supervisory individual who made the single greatest contribution to the operational effectiveness of INSCOM during the previous calendar year. He anticipated requirements and worked to fill gaps in intelligence collection that would have otherwise gone unsupported. He redesigned the process used by the MRSOC to manage tactical operations to create a more vibrant, responsive team that greatly improved tactical support to the Army's warfighters.
Major General John A. Leide (U.S. Army, Retired)
MG Leide was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at Georgetown University. After completing the Infantry Officer Basic course at Fort Benning in 1958, MG Leide served in a variety of assignments as an infantry lieutenant. Following his graduation from the Infantry Officer Advanced course, MG Leide assumed command of Bravo Company, 325th Airborne Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and led the company during U.S. operations in the Dominican Republic in 1965. He was then selected as Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, 82d Airborne Division. From 1966 to 1967, MG Leide commanded Charlie Company 2nd Battalion, 503d Airborne Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade (Separate) during numerous combat operations throughout the Republic of Vietnam.
In 1968, MG Leide transferred from the Infantry Branch to the Military Intelligence Branch. He joined the Army's Foreign Area Officer (FAO) program, specializing in China. He served as Chief of the China, Korea, and Japan Branch, Special Research Detachment, based at the National Security Agency, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (OACSI). In 1969 MG Leide returned to the Republic of Vietnam, first serving as Commander of the 101st MI Company, 101st Airborne Division and then as the Plans and Operations Officer, G2, 101st Airborne Division.
MG Leide returned to the U.S. and studied Chinese Mandarin at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in 1970. In 1972, he graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College; following graduation, he studied at the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute School of Chinese Language and Area Studies in Taiwan. He was then selected to attend the Chinese Army Command and Staff College, the first and only American officer to have graduated from this course. Following his graduation, MG Leide assumed duties as Assistant Army Attache in Hong Kong where he became a prolific report writer and the key liaison with the British Hong Kong Intelligence Service.
In 1978, MG Leide returned to Fort Bragg where he commanded the 1st Special Forces Battalion with responsibilities for Special Forces training, including the HALO and Scuba schools. He initiated new and forward-looking programs including a unique Survival, Escape and Evasion Course and the Special Forces Qualification process. Following command, MG Leide became the G2 of the 82nd Airborne Division where he initiated new planning for Desert Warfare operations, which was later used to great advantage.
MG Leide next became the Chief, Far East Division, Directorate of Estimates, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), then served as Military Assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) in 1982. In 1984, MG Leide assumed command of the 500th MI Group in Japan. He returned to the U.S. in 1986 and became the Director of Foreign Intelligence, OACSI at Headquarters, Department of the Army. In 1988, MG Leide assumed duties as Defense and Army Attache, in Beijing, Peoples' Republic of China (PRC). During this period, Chinese students began protests against the regime, the most notable occurring in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, and major Peoples' Liberation Army (PLA) troop movements were ordered in response. His immediate and concurrent reports from the scene of the crisis went directly to national decision makers, including the President, Secretary of State and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, directly influencing U.S. policy and actions.
MG Leide was selected as J2 of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM)in 1990 and served as General Schwartzkopf's Director for Intelligence in Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. General Schwartzkopf said that no commander in history had the intelligence support and picture of the enemy than he had during DESERT STORM and MG Leide led that effort. Upon leaving CENTCOM, MG Leide was assigned to the DIA where he reorganized a significant portion of the agency and assumed responsibility for three positions simultaneously: Director of the National Military Intelligence Collection Center, Director of the Central Measurement and Signatures Intelligence (MASINT) Office, and the first director of the Defense HUMINT Service (DHS).
MG Leide retired from the US Army in 1995. He is currently working as a special advisor to critical programs in the operational and strategic Intelligence Community. He served as President of the National Military Intelligence Association (NMIA) from 1995 until 1999 and is a Distinguished Speaker at the Joint Military Intelligence College (JMIC) and a senior advisor to the Joint Military Attache School, DIA, where he is a member of the Attache Hall of Fame.
Colonel Thomas F. McCord (U.S. Army, Retired)
COL McCord began his career with a number of diverse military assignments, including tactical level infantry combat in the Pacific theater in World War II. His first Army Intelligence assignment was in 1950 as a student at an Army Russian language school. He graduated sixth in a class of fifty-five and was chosen as a student for the Army's elite two-year Foreign Area Specialist Training Program in Russian Studies at Regensburg, Germany. In 1954, he served as an Operations and Case officer in Detachment 35, an intelligence collection unit based in Austria. He was involved in the debriefings of Soviet military personnel defectors and in other operations developing intelligence on the Soviet forces.
In 1956, he served as the principal U.S. Army Intelligence analyst, estimator and spokesperson in the preparation of U.S. National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs) on Soviet military capabilities, plans, and intentions. These NIEs were used to formulate U.S. national military and diplomatic plans and policies, and to develop our military capabilities during that period. In 1959, COL McCord commanded the key U.S. Army HUMINT collection and C1 unit in Berlin, Germany, Berlin Station, 513th MI Group, U.S. Army, Europe (USAREUR). His unit was the first to report the impending construction of the Berlin Wall and continued to operate successfully behind the wall after construction was complete. His guidance and decisiveness regarding intelligence and C1 operations against Soviet targets overcame the Soviets' efforts to limit Allied access into a free West Berlin.
COL McCord was selected to be the primary Defense Intelligence Estimator (DIE) on Soviet Ground Forces in 1963. In 1966, he became the Deputy Chief, U.S. Military Liaison Mission (USMLM) to the Commander, Group Soviet Forces Germany (GSFG) and was subsequently chosen by the Commander-in-Chief, USAREUR, to be Chief, USMLM, in 1967. By the end of this assignment, although still serving as a US Army Reserve (USAR) officer COL McCord was selected by the Department of the Army for promotion to the rank of Brigadier General. However, due to pressing family considerations, COL McCord had to request removal from the promotion list and retirement from Active Duty. At the time of his retirement he was serving with great success in a General Officer position-Assistant Chief of Staff, G2, Headquarters, U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC). He retired 31 July 1969 as a Colonel
(Promotable), Military Intelligence, Army of the United States (AUS).
In July 1970, COL McCord continued to serve in MI as the Senior Civilian Intelligence Operations Advisor and Assistant to the Commander, 500th MI Group, USARPAC, and later as the Senior Civilian Advisor, Special Intelligence Studies and Advisory Group, Headquarters U.S. Army Intelligence Command, Fort Holabird, Maryland. In 1973, he became the Chief, Security Branch, and later the Assistant Deputy Director, Office of Counterintelligence and Security, DIA, Department of Defense.
From 1975 until 1980, COL McCord took the unusual step of volunteering for a two-level civilian grade reduction in order to work as the Senior Interrogator, U.S. Army Element, Westport Center in Munich, Germany. Westport was a joint U.S. interagency HUMINT interrogation center managed by the Central Intelligence Agency. Under his leadership and expertise, his team documented an irrefutable body of evidence that U.S. intelligence had badly overestimated the combat capability of the Soviet ground forces for years. In his last position COL McCord was in charge of the Soviet emigre debriefing program under INSCOM at Fort Meade where his work played a vital role in the 1983 Interagency Intelligence Memorandum on Soviet War Management.
Chief warrant officer 4 Dennis E. Renken (U.S. Army, Retired).
CW4 Renken enlisted in the Army in 1972. After basic training and advanced individual training, he served as a Signal Security (SIGSEC) Specialist with Detachment Q, 201st ASA Company, in Grafenwhoer, Germany, and Detachment O in Berlin, Germany from 1973 to 1976. He served as the Intelligence Assistant in the U.S. Defense Attache Office (USDAO) Poland from 1978 to 1980. After receiving Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 96B, Intelligence Analyst, he was assigned to the 312th MI Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division in 1980, where he was NCOIC of the Division All-Source Intelligence Center (ASIC).
CW4 Renken was appointed as a Warrant Officer, MOS 964A, Order of Battle Technician, in 1981, while attending the second class of the newly formed Senior Enlisted Intelligence Program (SEIP) at the Defense Intelligence College in Washington, DC He transferred to the Post Graduate Intelligence Program (PGIP) upon appointment and graduated from as the distinguished graduate in 1982. He is believed to be the first US Army warrant officer to graduate from the PGIP.
In 1982, CW4 Renken was assigned to the XVIII Airborne Corps ASIC at Fort Bragg where he supervised the Latin American team in the Corps ASIC and led the All-Source Analysis team that deployed to Grenada with the XVIII Airborne Corps "Jump TOC" for Operation URGENT FURY. CW4 Renken was then assigned as the Assistant Army Attache and Operations Coordinator to the USDAO in Damascus, Syria, in 1984. He was cited by memorandum from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Crowe, for his reporting during one of the recurrent regional crises and was awarded the prestigious Director of Central Intelligence Exceptional Intelligence Collector Award from DCI Casey as well as the Defense Superior Service Medal for his contributions during his tour of duty in Syria.
CW4 Renken was the All-Source Analysis Technician for the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) at Fort Bragg, NC in 1986. He provided intelligence support to special operations planners to support several classified operations in both CONUS and overseas locations. He deployed as a key liaison officer to Joint Task Force (JTF) South during the crisis in Panama in May 1989, and then as the key expert in enemy order of battle as a part of the Joint Special Operations Task Force that provided the primary command and control for special operations forces from all services engaged in Operation JUST CAUSE in December 1989. Throughout this period he was the command's subject matter expert on adversary military and paramilitary forces' orders of battle and targeting with intensive focus on Latin America and the Middle East.
In 1990, CW4 Renken was assigned as the Chief of the Analytical Support Element of 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (Airborne), also known as Delta Force. This position was highly selective and had previously been filled only by field grade officers. During Operation DESERT STORM, CW4 Renken was the unit's senior analyst and leader of the deployed analytical cell, and also the assistant S2.
CW4 Renken was assigned as an All-Source Analysis Technician to the G2, Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC), Rheindahlen, Germany in 1994. The ARRC was preparing for a deployment to Bosnia and CW4 Renken was instrumental in preparing for the attachment of eleven National Intelligence Cells (NICs) from the allies, including a Deployable Intelligence Support Element (DISE) from the 66th MI Brigade. In 1996, CW4 Renken was assigned to the USAIC&FH as the Senior MI WO Course Manager. He retired in July 1997 after 25 years of service.
In 1997, CW4 Renken began his second career as a Department of the Army civilian intelligence analyst working in the CENTCOM Branch of the J2, JSOC. While focused on the CENTCOM area of responsibility (AOR), he performed an operational deployment with a compartmented task force in the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) AOR, serving as the project's principal analyst. In 2000, CW4 Renken was promoted and assumed duties as the Chief of the Branch providing direct support to special operations forces by planning and conducting several classified missions. As the Senior Analyst covering the CENTCOM region on 11 September 2001, Mr. Renken became the command's expert on the adversary and was selected for service as the Senior Analyst on a Joint Special Operations Task Force that deployed to the CENTCOM AOR in 2001. CW4 Renken was awarded the Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his service from 11 September 2001 to 17 October 2002.
CW4 Renken continued to lead the expanded CENTCOM Branch and directed the largest Crisis Action Center in the history of JSOC with representatives from multiple national intelligence agencies. He planned and directed all-source analysis, including preparation and presentation of studies, target packages, briefings, and oral presentations, in support of the planning for Operational Plan (OPLAN) 1003v (Operation IRAQI FREEDOM) and then deployed with Joint Special Operations Task Force 20 to the CENTCOM theater at the onset of hostilities. He served as the senior analyst and assisted assigned forces, the commander, and the staff in planning and preparing for a number of successful direct-action missions to include the recovery of U.S. military personnel held captive by Iraqi forces. For his contributions to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, he received the Army Superior Civilian Service Medal and the Knowlton Award. CW4 Renken retired from government service and is currently working for a major defense contractor. He recently finished a project on special operations for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict.
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Rex A. Williams (U.S. Army, Retired)
CW5 Williams enlisted in 1971 as an Imagery Analyst. He served in the 2nd MI Battalion, Aerial Reconnaissance Support, Zweibrucken Air Force Base, Federal Republic of Germany, the 1st MI Battalion, Aerial Reconnaissance Support at Fort Bragg; the 704th MI Detachment, Aerial Surveillance, Pyong Taek Korea; and in Directorate of Training Development, USAIC&FH.
In 1978, he was appointed an Imagery Intelligence WO and continued to work at USAIC&FH. In the Directorate of Combat Developments, he was the primary action officer for imaging systems to include UAVs, Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS), and all airborne radars. As a CW2 in the early 1980s, he performed the duties we now assign to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) System Manager (TSM) Joint STARS.
CW5 Williams served as an Ali-Source Technician while assigned as the Chief, Ali Source Production Section, 2d Infantry Division, Republic of Korea in 1983. While leading an 11 person intelligence analysis section, he prepared intelligence estimates on North Korea and tailored threat assessments to support visiting dignitaries.
In 1984, he returned to the "home of MI" as the principal instructor for Military Intelligence Officer Basic and Advanced Courses. In 1986, he returned to the Pacific and led the daily operations of a 19 member inter-Service consolidated order of battle section supporting the Commander in Chief, Pacific Command (PACOM). Under his mentorship, the section published intelligence products for the DIA to support over 8,000 theater wide targets. In 1989, CW5 William's section was awarded the Intelligence Producer of the Year award from DIA.
From 1990 to 1993, CW5 Williams was responsible for all Warrant Officer (WO) training conducted at USAIC&FH. In October 1993, CW5 Williams became the Chief of a 28 member Intelligence Production Branch, Joint Intelligence Center, (JIC), CENTCOM, at MacDill Air Force Base as the senior all-source intelligence analyst. His assessments were often used as the sole basis for making critical theater allocation decisions. He routinely identified gaps and developed the necessary HUMINT and SIGINT collection requirements for the command to negate the gaps.
In 1995, CW5 Williams was reassigned to the Office of the Chief, Military Intelligence (OCMI) at Fort Huachuca as the WO Professional Development Manager. Additionally, in 1999 he was appointed as the first Chief Warrant Officer of the MI Corps. During his tenure, he refined the role of the MI WO and reshaped the Corps for success in the 21st century. He orchestrated the professional development of over 2,000 MI WOs and provided both the vision and leadership necessary to ensure their success. His most significant contribution was his singular effort to develop a detailed set of Army wide WO accession and personnel management recommendations. These recommendations were briefed throughout the Army and became the basis for a Headquarters, Department of the Army, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel action plan intended to tackle the Army's difficult WO recruiting challenges. CW5 Williams' active service culminated with his final assignment as the technical advisor to the Chief, Concepts Architectures and Requirements (CAR), in Combat Developments before his retirement in February 2003.
Today, his total dedication to the Army continues as a Department of the Army civilian in the Directorate of Combat Developments, USAIC&FH. In this current position, CW5 Williams is focused on the concepts, organizational designs, and technologies required to enable the current and future force.