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Facts about the new distinguished members of the Signal Regiment.

Upon Regimental activation in 1986 the Signal Corps instituted a program for recognition of personnel who have made a special contribution and distinguished themselves in their service to the Regiment.

The distinguished member selections are designed to not only recognize the individuals who are most notable but to promote and enhance the history of the Regiment and foster cohesion among its members.

CSM (RET) McKinley Curtis

The military career of retired CSM McKinley Curtis III started in 1974 when he enlisted in the Army as a radio teletypewriter operator. He spent the next 30 years in all levels of enlisted leadership to include team chief, drill sergeant and senior drill sergeant, first sergeant, sergeant major advisor to the New York Army National Guard, command sergeant major for both battalion and brigade level units, and culminated his active duty service as commandant of the Signal Regimental Noncommissioned Officer Academy, the largest NCO academy in the Army. He held this position for 40 consecutive months and ensured all Soldiers coming through the academy, both continued their military education and were actively engaged in volunteer efforts.


He was selected by the sergeant major of the Army to be the senior mentor of his fellow command sergeants major. He taught the command sergeants major designee course to the present command sergeant major of the Signal Regiment, CSM Thomas Clark.

Following his retirement, CSM Curtis continued serving the Signal Corps. He began his civilian service as chief, operations division in the Directorate of Training. Presently he is the lead development analyst for the Leader College of Information Technology, where he oversees $20 million worth of contracts and continuously works to secure additional resources for LCIT in order to provide the best possible training to its students. He continues mentoring Signal leaders, especially sergeants major. He is an active member of the Sergeants Major Association and has been a key proponent in providing scholarships to outstanding young scholars. He is a mentor to one of the local Cub Scout packs in Augusta, serving as cub master for Pack 417.

For a career of commitment to Signal Soldiers, families and his community, CSM Curtis was recognized as a Distinguished Member of the Regiment.

CW4 (RET) Jack C. Wilson

Retired CW4 Jack C. Wilson began his military career in 1956 when he came to Camp Gordon, Ga. for telecommunications and cryptography training. His first assignment sent him to Kyoto, Japan. Then he worked at the Joint Staff Special Security Office until his warrant appoint in 1963. Following his appointment, Chief Wilson went to work for the Criticomm Relay Station in Saigon, the TUSLOG Detachment in Turkey, the National Security Agency, and spent a second tour in southeast Asia designing and implementing the communications systems for the Army of the republic of Vietnam's special security technical branch. Following his retirement in 1986, he went to work as a contractor on the Trojan Program and deployed with the first Trojan Spirit Systems to Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He also deployed to Somalia, Bosnia and Kosovo to provide training and operational support for satellite communication systems.


Presently, he is the leader of the Trojan Division of the INSCOM CIO/ G6, responsible for 647 Trojan or Trojan-enabled systems supporting the Army, Marine Corps, Homeland Defense, and allied systems throughout the world.

For over 50 years of dedication to the development of Signal systems throughout the world, Chief Wilson was recognized as a Distinguished Member of the Signal Regiment.

CW5 (RET) Bernard Milloy

CW5 (RET) Bernard "Sonny" Milloy enlisted in the Army in May 1959, receiving training as a missile tracking radar operator. In 1965, Chief Milloy was sent to Vietnam where he was the noncommissioned officer in charge of a depot maintenance repair facility where he reduced the equipment downtime by 70%, a feat not lost on leaders and Soldiers.

Chief Milloy was accepted into the warrant officer flight program in 1968. Following graduation, he was assigned to the 504th Military Intelligence Group as a communications officer. From this point forward, he was the premier technician, advisor to his commanders and mentor to Signal warrant officers continuing to support the Signal Regiment. Additional assignments took Chief Milloy around the world training Soldiers and officers on various subjects to include navigation and radio systems, ground radar operations, COMSEC and aviation safety. In June of 1991, Chief Milloy was assigned as the communications security officer, V Corps. In this assignment, he was responsible for the turn-in of over 5,000 nuclear keys under the non-proliferation treaty which was accomplished without incident and resulted in laudatory comments from the command.

Chief Milloy retired in 1999 after over 38 years of active duty service and continues to support the Signal Regiment with his work for the Joint Interoperability Test Command. For his extensive tactical and technical expertise significantly impacting the Soldier, Airman, Sailor and Marine in the field, Chief Milloy was recognized as a Distinguished Member of the Regiment.

LTC (RET) Edward Carnes

LTC (RET) Edward Carnes joined the Army in 1965 and was com missioned through Officer Candidate School in 1968. During his 23 years of service, he served in numerous command and staff assignments throughout the United States, Vietnam, Korea and Germany. Making a brilliant career change, he requested a branch transfer from aviation to Signal in 1972 and quickly went to work adding his mark to the Regiment by fulfilling roles as the communications officer in the 1-13th Tank Battalion and later as an assistant division Signal officer.


LTC Carnes' final active duty assignment was as the assistant project manager for the integration of mobile subscriber equipment. He had the tremendous responsibility for the deployment, force modernization, fielding and training of MSE to active duty, Reserve and National Guard Signal units.

He retired from active duty in 1988. He later joined General Dynamics and opened their field office in Fort Monmouth, N.J. His involvement in this community is marked by service. He was actively involved in the reactivation of the LTG Alfred J. Mallette Chapter of the Signal Corps Regimental Association where he still holds the treasurer position and is a recipient of the association's highest award, the Silver Order of Mercury. He has served on the Fort Monmouth Chapter of the Association of the United States Army board of directors for the past five years and has helped raise over $1 . 5 million in the community for scholarships and other charities. In 1999, for his valorous actions in Vietnam, Fort Jackson named their basic training facility in his honor. For his lasting legacy to the Signal Corps and the U.S. Army LTC Carnes was recognized as a Distinguished Member of the Regiment.

MG (RET) Thomas A. Wessels

MG (RET) Thomas A. Wessels provided over 35 years of commissioned service in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. His career began as an executive officer in F Company, 3rd Battalion, student brigade at Fort Gordon. He was also assigned as a communications officer, instructor, assistant G-2, plans officer, inspector general, school commandant, and has commanded at all levels concluding with his active duty command of the 335th Signal Command (Theater) in East Point, Ga. During this last assignment, MG Wessels' command was called upon to develop deployment communications packages to support USARCENT and the 3rd Army. Following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, he immediately began to determine appropriate size, structure and equipment needed for rapid deployment of Signal Forces. He closely supervised the development of policies, plans, and procedures that would be needed as the 335th Signal Command assumed the posture of senior Signal organization in Southwest Asia during Operation Enduring Freedom.


He provided unique strategic guidance and operational foresight which played a vital role in the redesign of echelons above Corps theater Signal structure. He worked tirelessly to ensure that Army Reserve Signal Soldiers received the most relevant training and equipment critical to the wartime mission. As a result, the Army Reserve Signal Corps is now more agile, mobile and better equipped, serving as a model for the entire Army to follow.

For his significant accomplishments and contributions the Signal Regiment MG Wessels was recognized as a Distinguished Member of the Regiment.


MG (RET) Robert L. Nabors had an active duty career spanning over 34 years, serving in various communications positions throughout the world to include Vietnam, Korea, Italy, Germany and the United States.

His career began as a platoon leader in the 67th Signal Battalion at Fort Riley, Kan. He went on to command the 509th Signal Battalion and served as the deputy commander of White House Communications Agency and commander of the 5th Signal Command.

He directed the operations of the communications infrastructure to deliver the full array of information technology services to a combined U.S. military, Department of State and NATO customer base of more than 100,000 personnel. He was named director of the Pentagon information technology services and took charge of the Pentagon's $890 million IT modernization.

His last assignment was a commander, communications and electronics command at Fort Monmouth, N.J. , where he oversaw a multi-million dollar operation dedicated to sustaining joint war fighters throughout the world.

For his endeavors, MG Nabors earned 38 military awards and decorations throughout his career. After retirement, his service to the Regiment and the country continued when he joined E. D. S. and took the lead of their Homeland Security Program oversight programs for national, state and local governments.

Throughout his career, MG Nabors was a true leader of Soldiers of all ranks and always mindful of the people who served with and for him--a true champion of humanitarianism. He will always be remembered as one of the most passionate leaders, gifted speakers, and one who led efforts to create professional opportunities for all employees.

For his years of selfless service MG Nabors was recognized as a Distinguished Member of the Regiment.

MG (RET) Gerd Grombacher

One appointee to the role of distinguished members of the Regiment received his award posthumously.

MG Gerd Grombacher did not speak a word of English when he arrived in the United States from Germany in 1935 at the age of 12. After leaving him with relatives in Chicago, his parents returned to Germany promising to come back to him and his sister "when this Hitler thing is over."

Unfortunately, both parents and 30 other family members were victims of the Holocaust. He began his Army career as an enlisted Soldier in 1943 in the field of military intelligence. Less than two years later, he achieved the rank of master sergeant.

Less than 10 years after he became a refugee from Nazi Germany, MSG Grombacher crossed unarmed into German lines to negotiate the surrender of 800 German soldiers from a heavily fortified position blocking 3rd Army's advance. Soon after he was awarded a field commission as second lieutenant. In 1957, he made a tremendous career move and transferred from military intelligence to the Signal Corps, a transition as seamless as it was remarkable.

In the 3rd Infantry Division, MG Grombacher served at all levels of leadership from platoon leader to battalion commander. From there he went on to command at every operational and technical level of the Signal Corps to include Signal Service Group 4-USSTRATCOM-Europe operating the Army's command and administration network in Europe.

He also commanded the Army's Safeguard Communications Agency which provided secure communications for the Army's ballistic missile defense system into one single coordinated system. Next he commanded the U. S. Army Communications Systems Agency, the Communications Electronics Engineering and Installation Agency, and the U. S. Army Communications Command. MG Grombacher retired in 1982 after 39 years of faithful service to the Army and his adopted nation.

For his faithful service MG Grombacher was recognized as a Distinguished Member of the Regiment.

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