Brigadier General Roy M. Strom (U.S. Army, retired, deceased).
BG Strom was commissioned as an Artillery 2LT in 1954. His first Intelligence assignment occurred in 1959, when, as a Captain, he served as an Intelligence Officer with the Columbus (Ohio) Field Office, 109th CI Corps Group. Thereafter, BG Strom remained in the Intelligence field with assignments as Officer-in-Charge of the Inchon Field Office, 502d MI Battalion, Korea; Aide-de-Camp to the CG, Intelligence School, Fort Holabird; and Intelligence Officer to the Army's Alternate Command Post, Operations Group, Army War College at Carlisle Barracks. He then commanded three different battalions: the 519th MI Battalion, 525th MI Group serving in combat operations in Vietnam; the 4th MI Battalion, 525th MI Group also conducting operations in Vietnam; and then the 18th MI Battalion, 66th MI Group, Munich, Germany.
He had subsequent assignments within the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, U.S. Army Special Security Group, and the Defense Intelligence Agency. In July 1978, Strom took command of the 500th MI Brigade, INSCOM, at Camp Zama, Japan. He was among the first brigade commanders to play an instrumental role in the creation of INSCOM. In July 1980, he was assigned as the Deputy Commandant, and then as the Commandant of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center, Fort Huachuca. Two years later, BG Strom returned to Washington, D.C. to become the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence.
His final assignment was as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, U.S. Forces Command, Fort McPherson. It was during this tour that he and his staff developed a workable language maintenance program for both active and reserve forces to ensure the Army kept pace with its changing language requirements. In March 1985, he retired from active duty after 31 years of honorable service.
After retirement, "Bud" Strom continued to serve as an ambassador for Military Intelligence and the Army through numerous volunteer, educational, and philanthropic activities. BG Strom was inducted into the MI Hall of Fame in 2009. He passed away on 25 July 2012.
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|Publication:||Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin|
|Article Type:||In memoriam|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2013|
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