2004 Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame inductees.
Command Sergeant Major John C. Butler (U.S. Army, Retired)
Command Sergeant Major John Butler began his military career as an Infantry soldier in 1969. After basic training and advanced individual training (AIT), his first assignment was with Company D, 1/8th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division (Airmobile) in South Vietnam. Before coming to Military Intelligence (MI), he spent his first fifteen years serving in Infantry Branch assignments. During this time he served in numerous leadership positions, to include assignments with 1/8th Infantry in South Vietnam, 3/8th Cavalry in West Germany, 1/31st Infantry in South Korea, the United Nations Command Support Group-Joint Security Area (UNCSG-JSA) in South Korea, and as a Drill Sergeant at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. In 1984, CSM Butler was selected to serve as a Senior Intelligence Sergeant with the 3d Brigade, 7th Infantry Division (Light). In preparation for the Brigade's certification during Exercise Celtic Cross IV, he was singularly responsible for writing the intelligence portion of the 3d Brigade operations plan (OPLAN). During the actual exercise, he supervised the Intelligence Section and ensured the prompt, accurate flow of intelligence information throughout the command.
By 1986, CSM Butler had decided to make a career change to Military Intelligence. He completed the Intelligence Analyst Course and subsequently moved to $2 duties. His common-sense approach to his new intelligence duties earned immediate recognition; during a Gallant Knight command post exercise, the Commander, XVIII Airborne Corps, singled him out for his outstanding contribution.
CSM Butler's next assignment was as First Sergeant of B Company, 10th MI Battalion, 7th Infantry Division (Light). In this role, he provided exceptional leadership, mentoring, and training for all the soldiers of his unit. After his service as First Sergeant, he moved on to become the G2 Sergeant Major, 5th Infantry Division, Fort Polk, Louisiana, in 1990. During Operation DESERT SHIELD, he created an in-depth training program for all G2 soldiers in anticipation of a deployment to Southwest Asia, raising unit readiness to its highest level while continuing to provide quality intelligence support to 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) (51D [M]).
In 1992, he became Command Sergeant Major of the 302d MI Battalion, 205th MI Brigade, in Germany. During his time as the Battalion CSM, his battalion was cited as the best intelligence organization of its type during a V Corps Battle Command Training Program (BCTP) exercise. He was personally responsible for the successful relocation of the battalion from Frankfurt to split locations at Wiesbaden and Heidelberg. The battalion continued to provide full intelligence support during this move.
In 1996, CSM Butler moved on to become the CSM for the 15th MI Battalion (Aerial Exploitation Battalion [AEB]), 504th MI Brigade, at Fort Hood, Texas. His final assignment was as the Brigade CSM for the 504th MI Brigade. Here again, his continued support of training and leadership development through mentoring resulted in an exceptional command climate within the Brigade.
CSM Butler's dedication to duty and outstanding contributions over a long and illustrious career have had a lasting and significant impact on all the soldiers and commands where he served. His was a positive influence on the lives, careers, and families of all those with whom he served. Atrue mentor and soldier's soldier, CSM Butler retired in 1999.
Command Sergeant Major Robert T. Hall (U.S. Army, Retired)
Command Sergeant Major Robert Hall entered the Army in 1970. After basic training and AIT, he served as a Manual Morse Intercept Operator with the 7th Radio Research Field Station in Thailand. Upon his return to the United States in 1972, he was assigned to Vint Hill Farms Station, Virginia; when Vint Hill closed in 1974, he was transferred to San Antonio, Texas. A year later, he attended the Cryptologist Course for Supervisors at Fort Meade, Maryland. That course led to his assignment at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, as a Morse Code Instructor. It was during his assignment at Fort Devens that his strength as a trainer, mentor, and leader began to evolve. Recruited for the 402d Army Security Agency (ASA) Detachment Special Operations (Airborne), 10th Special Forces Group (SFG) Airborne in May 1976, he performed duties as a Special Operations Team Intelligence Collector/Radio Operator and as a Team Sergeant.
In 1981, CSM Hall was assigned to the 328th ASA Company, 502d ASA Battalion, in Augsburg, West Germany, where he served as Service Platoon Sergeant, Operations Platoon Sergeant, Field First Sergeant, Training Noncommissioned Officer (NCO), and NCO In Charge (NCOIC) of the Processing, Control, and Analysis Section. He returned to Fort Bragg in 1984 where he was assigned as Operations Sergeant of the 519th MI Battalion, 525th MI Brigade (Airborne). CSM Hall was then reassigned to the G2, 1st Special Operations Command (SOC) as the Signal Intelligence/ Electronic Warfare NCOIC. In September 1985, he assumed duties as the First Sergeant, A Company, 8th Psychological Operations (PSYOP) Battalion, 4th PSYOP Group.
CSM Hall graduated from the Sergeants Major Academy in 1989 and again returned to Fort Bragg to be the Command Sergeant Major of the 9th PSYOP Battalion. In May 1990, he returned to Germany to be the Command Sergeant Major of the 511th MI Battalion (Tactical Exploitation), 207th MI Brigade, in Ludwigsburg, Germany. During his time with this unit, he deployed to participate in Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. Upon returning to Germany, he took part in the deactivation of the 511th MI Battalion.
Returning to the states once again, CSM Hall became the Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Intelligence School, Fort Devens, Massachusetts, and the 112th MI Brigade from September 1992 until its deactivation in 1993. Upon deactivation of the 112th, he moved on to become the Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca. From January 1995 until June 1996, he served as the Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, at Fort Bliss, Texas.
CSM Hall's final assignment was as the CSM of the Third U.S. Army and U.S. Army Forces Central Command (ARCENT), Fort McPherson, Georgia, from June 1996 to his retirement on 21 January 2000.
Lieutenant General Claudia J. Kennedy (U.S. Army, Retired)
Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy is the first and only woman to achieve the rank of three-star general in the United States Army, taking her from the Women's Army Corps in the late 1960s to the position of Department of the Army (DA) Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence from 1997 through 2000 in which she oversaw policies and operations affecting 45,000 people stationed worldwide.
Following in her father's footsteps, Lieutenant General Kennedy joined the Army in 1968 and received a direct commission in June 1969. She began her career as the Administrative Officer, G1, for the Army Garrison at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. Her next assignment was as a Recruiting Officer for the Women's Army Corps in New Hampshire. She then commanded the Staff and Faculty Company of the U.S. Women's Army Corps Center and School at Fort McClellan in 1973.
Her next assignment was as the Electronic Warfare Staff Officer for the U.S. ASA Field Station Korea. In July 1977, she returned to the United States and worked with the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) at the National Security Agency as a Cryptologist Staff Officer. Next stationed at the Army Field Station Augsburg in Germany, she was the Assistant Operations Officer. Returning to stateside once again in 1984, she was assigned as a Staff Officer for the DA Directorate of Training, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans in Washington, D.C.
In 1986, LTG Kennedy assumed command of the 3d Operations Battalion, U.S. Army Field Station Augsburg. She later commanded the San Antonio Recruiting Battalion until July 1990. After attending the U.S. Army War College, she commanded the 703d MI Brigade, in Kunia, Hawaii. In all of these assignments, LTG Kennedy made immediate and significant improvements in the units' competence, cohesion, and overall readiness by maintaining emphasis on honing critical intelligence skills. Attention to detail in planning and execution were the hallmark of her leadership throughout her career.
In 1993, as Brigadier General Kennedy, she served as the Director of Intelligence G2 at U.S. Forces Command. Next she served as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. She was responsible for human intelligence (HUMINT), counterintelligence (CI), and signals intelligence (SIGINT) doctrine, development of intelligence architectures, and oversight of all intelligence acquisitions. From 1995 until 1997, then Major General Kennedy served as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, DA, Washington, D.C. In this role, she recognized the ever-growing importance of tactical CI and HUMINT in providing critical intelligence support to the warfighter and reorganized the Human Intelligence Division into a full-fledged Army Staff directorate.
From 1997 until her retirement in June 2000, LTG Kennedy served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence (DCSINT), DA, in Washington, D.C. As the DCSINT, she ensured that Army Intelligence both supported the warfighter and met the Army's responsibilities in executing the National Military Strategy. She worked hard to ensure the full integration and synchronization of all of the Army's intelligence requirements, resource processes, and priorities with the priorities of the war fighting Combatant Commanders. Her further contributions included the development of winning strategies to articulate Army priorities to key officials with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Intelligence Community, and on Capital Hill. She retired in June 2000.
Since completing her Army career, Claudia Kennedy has chaired First Star, a nonprofit corporation and published her book, Generally Speaking, in September 2001. She is a trustee of Rhodes College and associated with commercial and nonprofit organizations as well as with the International Spy Museum. She has appeared as a military consultant for NBC and CNN and as a guest on several television programs. Claudia Kennedy has been widely recognized for her leadership and lifetime achievements.
Lieutenant General Robert W. Noonan, Jr. (U.S. Army, Retired)
Lieutenant General Robert Noonan's career spans 35 years and includes a progressively challenging list of assignments available to a commissioned officer in MilitaryIntelligence. Commissioned through the Reserve Officers Training Program in 1968 at the University of Notre Dame, his initial assignment was as an Intelligence and Operations Advisor, IV Corps, in South Vietnam. He then served as a Basic Training Company Commander at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, before assignment as the Brigade S2, 1st Brigade, 3ID, in Schweinfurt, West Germany. LTG Noonan attended the Military Officer Advanced Course, and then served as Company Commander at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, with subsequent assignments as a Plans Officer and Manpower Management Analyst. His next assignment took him to 251D, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, as Division Artillery S2, Company Commander, and Deputy Division G2.
His next duty was assignment as a Tactical Intelligence Officer with the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force and U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) before selection as Battalion Commander, 125th MI Battalion, and G2, 25ID, at Schofield Barracks. LTG Noonan then became Deputy Chief and Division Chief, Intelligence and Electronic Warfare/Command and Control Countermeasures, DA Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. He followed this assignment by serving as Executive Officer to the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff (DCS, G2).
He then assumed command of the 513th MI Brigade, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. Under his command, more than 1400 soldiers in four battalions transformed into a deployable, trained, and ready force. He provided forward, multidiscipline intelligence support to major Joint exercises and to Joint and Combined operations in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and to the United Nations and Joint operations in Somalia. During his command, the four battalions received national recognition as Department of Defense (DOD) Intelligence Collector of the Year and best Army Tactical Signals Intelligence Unit of the Year. Also during this time, LTG Noonan successfully planned, coordinated, and executed the movement of the 513th Brigade Headquarters and three battalions from separate sites on the east coast to Fort Gordon, Georgia.
Subsequently selected as Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, he oversaw the refocusing of the command to a force projection Army, the demands of the Unified Commands, and the downsizing and restructuring of INSCOM to meet the Army's and national intelligence future requirements. He sharpened INSCOM's focus on tactical and operational support to warfighters around the world. He was instrumental in the successful deployment of the Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to Albania in support of Balkans contingency operations. His vision to translate concepts rapidly into operational capabilities was the singular reason for INSCOM's success in providing fused intelligence support and resources to Joint and Combined operations.
His next assignment was as Director for Intelligence, J2, U.S. Central Command. He ensured Central Command received the best multidisciplined, fused intelligence products and predictive analysis during the execution of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, DESERT STRIKE, DESERT THUNDER, and maritime intercept operations. His keen insights and in-depth analysis of Iraqi activities earned him an impeccable reputation and the trust of Congress, the State Department, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His next assignment was command of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command. His leadership led to the refinement and enhancement of national and tactical SIGINT partnerships that significantly increased operational readiness and provided seamless SIGINT support to operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo.
LTG Noonan's final assignment was as Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence (DCS, G2), DA, Washington, D.C. From this post, he was the forerunner for transforming Army intelligence to support future warfighters. His visionary concepts of providing ground forces with accurate, fused, predictable intelligence from space to mud were fully integrated into intelligence policies, programs, and budgets. Following the events of 11 September 2001, was the vanguard in providing analysis; vision; leadership; and support to DOD, national agencies, Combatant Commanders, and Army leaders during the fight against global terrorism and the Iraqi crisis. He contributed immeasurably to the National Security Strategy by his precise and often diplomatic dealings with more than 27 embassies in Washington, D.C. His efforts with military attaches and ambassadors greatly strengthened Secretary of State policy positions. He retired in 2003.
Major Kenneth L. Robinson (U.S. Army, Retired)
Major Kenneth Robinson enlisted in the Army in 1975 and immediately received a nomination to the West Point Preparatory School. He declined his acceptance to the West Point and proceeded to 1st Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry. He continued through his enlistment in several Ranger, Special Forces, and mechanized units.
MAJ Robinson completed his initial enlistment and enrolled in the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program at Marion Military Institute. He graduated from the Marion Military Institute, earning the prestigious George C. Marshal Leadership Award. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant, he completed his undergraduate education at Auburn University. He applied for active duty and was assigned to the Military Intelligence Branch. While at Fort Huachuca for the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course, Major Robinson designed, instructed, and led the School's first viable pre-Ranger Training program. This program significantly improved the selection rate of MI officers to attend the U.S. Army Ranger School.
Major Robinson moved on to the XVIII Airborne Corps in December 1985 where he served as the Operations and Plans Officer, Operations Battalion, 525th MI Brigade. Subsequently, in 1986, he oversaw the establishment of the Long-Range Surveillance Company (LRSC) within the 519th MI Battalion. In that same year, Major Robinson was the XVIII Airborne Corps representative at the Worldwide LRSC Conference where he successfully defended the retention of a long-range surveillance capability within the Army MI brigade force structure.
MAJ Robinson assumed command of A Company, 519th MI Battalion, in June 1987. During this command he designed new methods of screening, video surveillance monitoring, and mission critical reporting. An instructional tape, capturing these innovations, was integrated into the doctrinal program of instruction for interrogation at the Intelligence Center and School.
After command, while still a Captain, he was selected to serve as the Operations and Intelligence Officer for a special intelligence mission in support of Joint Task Force 118 in the Middle East. The Task Force's mission was to support operations against forces laying mines and attacking Kuwaiti oil tankers. Major Robinson not only planned missions, he actively participated in combat operations, flying with aircrews and deploying with special boat units on their combat patrols. Upon his return from the Middle East in October 1988, the newly promoted Major Robinson was selected to serve as the Battalion $3 of the 519th MI Battalion.
Then in 1990, Major Robinson was chosen to attend the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Postgraduate Intelligence Program (PGIP), but upon arrival in Washington, D.C., he was diverted to be the Intelligence Requirements Officer to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict. Subsequently, when Iraq invaded Kuwait, Major Robinson was singled out to be the Operations and Intelligence Officer of a special liaison element assembled in support of the Commander in Chief, CENTCOM's command, control, communications, and intelligence efforts.
After the Gulf War, he returned to his duties at the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) where he worked intelligence policy issues closely with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) regarding nonofficial cover activities. Upon completion of this assignment, MAJ Robinson returned to and graduated from PGIP. In June 1993, following his graduation, he was again requested to work on the Joint Staff as the Intelligence Policy Officer in the J3 Special Operations Division, Operations Support Branch. In June 1994, he became the Detachment Commander of a DOD special mission unit. This assignment sent him to many countries to include Bosnia, Columbia, and Haiti on sensitive intelligence missions.
After graduating from the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 1997, Major Robinson was again assigned to the Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense where he dealt with a number of intelligence-related issues. His daily duties included interaction with the Directors of both the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and DIA on Gulf War issues. He testified and performed liaison with the President's Special Oversight Board for Investigations of the Gulf War. The Secretary of Defense recognized MAJ Robinson for his efforts and awarded him the Defense Superior Service Medal.
Selected for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in 1998, Major Robinson was soon after diagnosed with an acute medical problem for which he medically retired in 1999. In 2001, MAJ Robinson, now a civilian, accepted a position with the Cable News Network (CNN) as a Senior Terrorism and National Security Analyst.
Command Sergeant Major Debra E. Smith (U.S. Army, Retired)
Command Sergeant Major Debra Smith entered the Army in 1973. She attended basic training at Fort McClellan, Alabama, and Morse Code Operator training at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. Her first assignment was at Field Station Korea in 1975. After her tour in Korea, she returned stateside and was assigned to the 902d Military Intelligence Group, Fort Meade, Maryland. While there, she served as a Morse Operator and attended the Cryptologic Course for Service Supervisors.
In 1978, CSM Smith was assigned to Field Station Augsburg, where she served as a Signals Search and Development Operator and Section Supervisor. Her next assignment returned her to the Intelligence School at Fort Devens, where she served as an Instructor and Platoon Sergeant. She was reassigned to Field Station Berlin in 1983 as a Platoon Sergeant and subsequently as the NCOIC of the NCO Development Course. During her assignment in Berlin, CSM Smith was chosen for the Sergeant Morales Club. She transferred to the 714th MI Battalion in Augsburg, West Germany, in 1985 where she again served as Platoon Sergeant as well as NCOIC, Manual Morse Division.
CSM Smith departed Augsburg in 1986 to attend the Cryptologic Course for Senior Supervisors enroute to an assignment at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, as an Advanced NCO Course (ANCOC) Instructor. In 1987, she moved to Field Station Panama to the 747th MI Battalion as a First Sergeant. In 1989, she departed Panama and attended the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas. Her next assignment was with INSCOM as the Career Management Field 98 (SIGINT) Training Manager.
On 18 July 1991, she was appointed to the rank of Command Sergeant Major, becoming the first female in the Military Intelligence Corps to attain that rank. She initially served as the CSM of the 731st MI Battalion and then with the 733d MI Battalion in Kunia, Hawaii. As the CSM of both of these units, she established a highly regarded Noncommissioned Officer Development Program (NCODP), which served as the model throughout INSCOM. Chosen to be the CSM of the 733d MI Battalion during its activation, her efforts resulted in putting the newest INSCOM battalion on a sound operational footing in record time.
Her next assignment sent her to the 344th MI Battalion at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. Her personal leadership during an unprecedented kidnapping and murder of a soldier within the unit served to focus efforts and provide much needed stability to the unit. She later used this experience to train and teach others on how to deal effectively with "Trauma and Serious Incidents in Units."
In February 1996, she again returned to Fort Huachuca to become the Command Sergeant Major of the 111th MI Brigade. During a period of serious personnel turbulence resulting from downsizing and realigning the forces across the Army, she continued to instill pride in the unit and to build intelligence soldiers second to none.
Her final assignment began in May 1997 as the Command Sergeant Major for the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) and Presidio of Monterey, California. She continued to emphasize soldierization skills for linguists and was instrumental in bringing drill sergeants to DLIFLC to assist in this vital process. She retired in August 2000.
MI Corps Hall of Fame Nominations
The Office of the Chief of Military Intelligence (OCMI) accepts nominations throughout the year for the MI Hall of Fame (HOF). Commissioned officers, warrant officers, enlisted soldiers, and civilians who have served in a U.S. Army intelligence unit or in an intelligence position with the U.S. Army are eligible for nomination. A nominee must have made a significant contribution to MI that reflects favorably on the MI Corps.
The OCMI provides information on nomination procedures. If you wish to nominate someone, contact OCMI, Futures Directorate, U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca, ATTN: ATZS-MI (HOF),110 Rhea Avenue, Fort Huachuca, AZ 85813-7080, call commercial (520) 533-1180, DSN 821-1180, or via E-mail at OCMl@hua.army.mil.
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|Title Annotation:||MI Corps Hall of Fame|
|Publication:||Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin|
|Date:||Apr 1, 2004|
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