MI Corps Hall of Fame: 2006 Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame inductees.
* Lieutenant General James C. King (U.S. Army, Retired).
* Major General Robert L. Halverson (U.S. Army, Retired).
* Colonel Jon M. Jones (Deceased).
* Lieutenant Colonel James A. Chambers (U.S. Army Retired).
* Lieutenant Colonel/SIES Thomas Dillon (U.S. Army Retired).
Lieutenant General James C. King (U.S. Army, Retired)
LTG James C. King distinguished himself and the MI Corps through exceptional service in the Army from June 1968 to August 2001. Throughout his exceptional career, LTG King made significant contributions to the Army, the National Security Agency (NSA), the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA).
LTG King received his commission through the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) as a Second Lieutenant in Military Intelligence (MI). Initially assigned to the U.S. Army Security Agency (ASA) Field Station in Hakata, Japan, he distinguished himself as a Company Commander, S1, and S3. Immediately following duty in Japan, he was assigned to the Republic of Vietnam where he assumed command of the 509th Radio Research Group, responsible for tracking North Vietnamese forces during the final days of American presence. Subsequent assignments included staff positions at NSA and in the 307th ASA Battalion in Germany, where he gained the reputation as an insightful and visionary officer who could be counted upon to provide commanders timely and relevant Signals Intelligence (SIGINT). Following Command and General Staff College and graduate school, he went to the first of his two assignments at U.S. Army Personnel Command (PERSCOM). Later he returned to Germany to command the 307th MI Battalion (Operations), Combat Electronic Warfare Intelligence (CEWI), and distinguished himself by pioneering the introduction of new tactics, techniques, and procedures to assure timely and predictive intelligence to the commander.
After graduation from the Army War College in 1988, LTG King became the Chief, MI Branch at PERSCOM where he developed procedures to better manage MI officers' careers while ensuring that family needs were considered and met whenever appropriate. Following his assignment to PERSCOM, he was handpicked to serve as the Chief of Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition; Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, HQDA Staff in June 1989. There, he guided the development of the first modernization plan for Army intelligence systems, which remains the basis for MI system development to this day. During his tenure he made bold and visionary recommendations to senior Army leadership, Congress, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) which resulted in significantly increased funding and a more capable tactical MI force.
Following his time in Washington, LTG King assumed command of the 66th MI Brigade, Germany. Throughout his command tenure, he reinforced his reputation for excellence-gaining well-deserved special recognition from the Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR), for his innovation in leveraging National, Theater, and Joint capabilities to satisfy the USAREUR Commanders' Priority Intelligence Requirements. After command, he returned to the Army Staff and served as the Executive Officer to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence (DCSINT).
Selected for Brigadier General in 1993, LTG King became the Associate Deputy Director for Operations (Military Support)/Chief of Operations and Targeting Group at NSA, Fort Meade, Maryland. Again, his extensive SIGINT experience coupled with this operational assignment allowed him to refine the focus of NSA efforts in collecting and processing relevant intelligence. In August 1994, he was assigned as the Director of Intelligence (J2), U. S. Central Command (CENTCOM), at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. There, he personally spearheaded a major effort to reinvigorate critical warfighting skills and intelligence exchange programs in support of CENTCOM. Under his guidance, new Joint intelligence architectures were developed and a complete overhaul of the command's indications and warning system was put in place. He ensured that the command's views were included in all of the National Intelligence Estimates that dealt with Southwest Asia.
Moving to the J2, Joint Chiefs of Staff, position in 1996, he began a period of incredible challenges managing such diverse crises as the terrorist attack on the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia to the conflict in the Balkans. With his keen ability to clarify conflicting reports, succinctly summarize problems, and recommend solutions LTG King earned the respect of the country's senior military and civilian leadership. His promotion to Lieutenant General and appointment as the Director of NIMA were validation of his remarkable career. At NIMA he used his unique planning and programming skills to transform it into a premier combat support agency. LTG King was the driving force behind the "geospatial" concept, causing the Intelligence Community to integrate the entire spectrum of NIMA products into their planning and lexicon.
LTG King truly served the MI Corps with distinction. Very few officers have served with equal achievement in the Army, NSA, JCS, and NIMA assignments. His grasp of the intelligence profession is unparalleled and his record as a soldier and leader serve as testimony to a truly remarkable career.
Major General Robert L. Halverson (U.S. Army, Retired)
MG Halverson began his military career on August 9, 1963 as an Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate. His first assignment was as an assistant platoon leader for A Company, 303rd U.S. ASA Battalion. After holding successive company grade staff positions as a lieutenant, he took command of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, ASA Field Station, Herzo Base, Germany. In May 1968, he transferred to the Republic of Vietnam where he served as an Intelligence Advisor in the I Corps Tactical Zone. In January 1971, he moved to Headquarters, ASA, in Arlington, Virginia, where he served in several key staff positions. In September 1974, MG Halverson was ordered to Fort Hood, Texas, where he became the S3 of the 303rd ASA Battalion. His final active duty assignment was to serve as Commander, Special Liaison Office, Headquarters, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, Belgium from July 1977 through January 1979.
Upon leaving active duty in 1979, MG Halverson entered the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR). In October 1985, he transferred to the Texas Army National Guard and was assigned to Headquarters, State Area Command (STARC). He became the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (G2) for the 49th Armored Division (NG) in May 1988. After completing this assignment, he transferred back to STARC, where he successively served as Chief of Military Support; Chief of Mobilization and Readiness; Chief of Plans, Operations, and Training; and finally as the Deputy Assistant Adjutant General. In October 1994, he returned to the 49th Armored Division as the Chief of Staff, and then transferred to the position of Chief of Staff, 71st Troop Command in April 1995. He became Deputy Commander, 71st Troop Command, in April 1996.
In August 1997, then BG Halverson, became the Deputy Commander for Support, 49th Armed Division. Promoted to MG, he assumed command of the 49th Armored Division in September 1998. From March to October 2000, MG Halverson commanded Multi-National Division (North), Stabilization Force 7 located in Bosnia-Herzegovina comprised of the 49th Division Headquarters, Signal Battalion, and Engineer elements, as well as the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR). Upon his return to Texas, he continued his command of the 49th Armored Division during mobilization for airport security throughout Texas and security of sites in multiple states following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attack on the United States. MG Halverson concluded his military career in March 2002. Following retirement, he continues to serve as a mentor for other National Guard division and brigade commanders and staffs preparing for their missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina which have included the 29th Division (Maryland), 28th Division (Pennsylvania), 35th Division (Kansas), 34th Division (Minnesota), and 38th Division (Indiana) for their respective peacekeeping missions.
In addition to his military service, Mr. Halverson worked for the State of Texas for nearly 20 years. He served in the Governor's Division of Emergency Management where he was responsible for all aspects of planning, preparation, and response for emergencies and disasters. He also served in the Department of Insurance as the Deputy Insurance Commissioner for Safety where he oversaw all safety and loss-prevention programs of insurance companies doing business in Texas. He retired from his career with the State of Texas in August 1998.
Colonel Jon M. Jones (U.S. Army, Deceased)
Commissioned as an intelligence officer in 1980, Colonel Jon M. Jones went on to serve successive tours of duty in increasingly responsible positions. He became one of the Army's premier experts in the planning and development of Army doctrine supporting the multidiscipline intelligence role in combat intelligence operations. Progressively increasing responsibility in tours of duty with intelligence commands, divisions, installation staff, and the Joint staff resulted in his achieving recognized expertise in the field of tactical and operational intelligence systems.
In 1998, Colonel Jones was selected to command the 751st MI Battalion, an elite intelligence battalion in one of our Army's most sensitive areas-Korea. There he commanded approximately 425 soldiers, Department of Army civilians, civilian contractors, Korean nationals, and Korean Augmentation to the United States Army (KATUSA) program personnel. Hand picked to assume command of this most demanding and highly visible organization, he was personally responsible for the maintenance and management operations of the three remote detachments located along the Demilitarized Zone, a helicopter detachment, and a $3.8 million budget. Under his leadership, the battalion consistently set the standard on how to train for war while executing intelligence operations. Shortly after taking command, his battalion exceeded all quantifiable standards in maintenance, supply, and training readiness by winning the Army's Maintenance Excellence Award in Fiscal Year 1999. Through his tireless and selfless efforts, his battalion also received recognition as the major command nominee for the DA Supply Excellence Award and the Eighth U.S. Army (EUSA) Connelly competitions.
Because of his superb performance in a multitude of diversified and extremely challenging assignments, he was chosen for assignment to the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the Deputy Information Operations (IO), Joint Warfighting Capabilities Assessments (JWCA), J3. As Deputy IO, JWCA, he authored and orchestrated three Joint Requirements Oversight Council issues that significantly improved the combatant commanders' ability to execute IO missions. Additionally, he was the primary architect and coordinator on Joint Staff initiatives to improve the Department of Defense's (DOD's) ability to protect and defend computer networks and systems. A natural leader with a take-charge attitude, Colonel Jones made things happen.
In June 2002, Colonel Jones was selected to command the 513th MI Brigade at Fort Gordon, Georgia. He effectively led this elite organization of soldiers and civilians based in five states and forward-deployed in seven countries. An integral part of his character as commander was his overwhelming commitment to caring for both his soldiers and their families. As a brigade commander, Colonel Jones was consistently focused on the task at hand and understood the requirements of the Army's warfighters to ensure success while engaged in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF). His initiatives were extremely important given the nation's participation in the Global War On Terrorism. He knew the Army, the intelligence systems that support our forces, and where to apply his personal leadership.
Colonel Jones met every challenge as the 513th MI Brigade Commander; the Army's only deployable, echelons-above-corps, contingency force-projection Brigade. He worked tirelessly to conduct ground and airborne multidiscipline intelligence, signals intelligence (SIGINT), and human intelligence (HUMINT) support to force protection and counter-drug operations directly supporting the Commander, 3d United States Army; CENTCOM; Army component commanders of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM); and other commands. He synergized and engaged his entire command in supporting Army Intelligence operations around the globe, providing real-time high-payoff intelligence operations support to Army warfighters actively engaged in the GWOT.
Colonel Jones was a tremendous leader commanding one of the Army's most diverse and complex brigades. He superlatively led more than 2,400 soldiers and civilians into battle during OIF, ensuring all personnel received the proper training and had the necessary equipment facilitating mission success. A leader with great instincts, he laid the groundwork for Coalition Forces intelligence successes by forging multidiscipline, "space-to-mud" intelligence architectures. As a result of his direct involvement and intuitive understanding of intelligence operations, COL Jones made the interagency, joint service "Intelligence Exploitation Base" viable through vision, teambuilding, and determined focus on Combined Joint Task Force 7 (CJTF-7) and higher priorities. His conceptualization of the wider sensitive-site exploitation mission was the foundation for the Exploitation Task Force to which he provided dedicated intelligence support for the entire campaign. He aggressively pushed brigade collection capabilities to pivotal positions on the battlefield, supporting and reinforcing units in direct contact with the enemy, contributing to the successful OIF outcome. Colonel Jones personally molded the Joint Analysis and Control Element into the theater's premier intelligence fusion center. He truly made a significant difference in the planning, execution, and employment of critical intelligence systems. His exemplary performance of duty earned him accolades and respect throughout the CENTCOM chain of command and from warfighters on the battlefield.
Colonel Jones passed away unexpectedly on 6 June 2004 while leading his soldiers through one of the most challenging times in our nation's history. A Soldier's Soldier, Colonel Jones never relinquished America's Guidon of Freedom and never lost sight of his responsibility to lead, train, and mentor soldiers.
Lieutenant Colonel James A. Chambers (U.S. Army, Retired)
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) James A. Chambers entered the Army as a private in April 1955, spending nearly four years as an enlisted soldier. After studying Polish at the Army Language School, he attended the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School, and was assigned to the 1st Infantry Regiment at West Point. He reenlisted in 1958 and attended the Infantry Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he graduated third in his class. Following OCS, he attended both the Ranger and Airborne Schools. His first assignment as a commissioned officer was with the 507th U.S. ASA Group, Germany, where he served as a platoon leader, Executive Officer, and Company Commander. In 1960, he volunteered for Special Forces (SF) duty at Bad Tolz, Germany where he commanded the 12th Radio Research Unit, later designated the 402d ASA Special Operations Detachment (SOD).
After attending the Advanced Officer Course and Special Forces Officer Course, he was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to command the 403d ASA SOD, 7th SF Group. While in command, he deployed to the Dominican Republic in support of combat operations in 1965. Returning to Fort Bragg, he was detailed to assist in the formation of the 3d SF Group. Upon returning to the 7th SFG, he served as the Executive Officer, Detachment B5, and then in succession as the S3, S2, and S1 of a C Team.
Assigned to the 5th SFG in the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) in 1966, he served as the Assistant Group S2, followed by assignment as the S2 of Project Delta participating in numerous interdiction operations throughout Vietnam. Following his first tour in Vietnam, he served as a Communications Intelligence Staff Officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). In 1968, he returned to Vietnam with the 4th Infantry Division, initially as an Assistant G3 and Assistant G2, followed by assignment as the Commander, 4th Military Intelligence Detachment (MID). In 1969, he returned to Fort Bragg where he commanded the 82d MID, 82d Airborne Division, until his selection for the Command and General Staff College and a Boot Strap assignment at Saint Mary's College in 1971. After completing his degree, he was assigned to the U.S. Army Intelligence Center (USAIC) Doctrine and Literature Division.
Upon retiring from the U.S. Army on 31 October 1975, Mr. Chambers chose to continue to serve the Army as an Army Civilian. During this period he contributed to the development of several important MI doctrine and training manuals, to include completing Field Manual 34-1, Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Operations and many training circulars to assist MI's transition to the Combat Electronic Warfare Intelligence (CEWI) organization. In 1982, he was the key author of MI's first Intelligence and Electronic Warfare (IEW) Mission Area Analysis (MAA). This extensive study of the tactical intelligence mission area served as the basis for the acquisition of numerous crucial future systems including the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS), All-Source Analysis System (ASAS), Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAVs), various manned aerial collection systems, as well as ground systems such as Prophet. From 1977 to 1997, Mr. Chambers was the Activity Career Program Manager for the Civilian Intelligence Personnel Management System (CIPMS) and its predecessor. In this position, he played a critical role in the development and management of all civilian intelligence personnel and training programs.
He was directly responsible to the Commander, USAIC, for the review actions that opened 1,500 officer, warrant officer, and enlisted positions in divisional and corps units to women. Likewise, on two successive occasions during the late 1980s, the Armor Branch (followed by other branches) attempted to change G2 and S2 positions from fill by MI officers to their basic branch officers. He developed compelling arguments against this change as well as strategies to increase the fill of MI battalion and squadron S2 positions with qualified MI officers. Ultimately, no single person has done more than Jim Chambers to implement and promote the establishment of the MI Corps under the Army's Regimental System.
One of his longest lasting contributions to the MI Corps has been the establishment of the MI Corps Hall of Fame program. His many past actions brought the Hall of Fame from an inauspicious beginning held in the foyer of Alvarado Hall using a few folding chairs to the inspirational program that is now the standard.
Another enduring and significant action he took in support of the MI Corps, was to keep a failing and defunct MI Museum Foundation alive, if only on paper, until the MI Corps Association (MICA) formed in 1994. This action kept the archives stored in a safe location and retained the foundation's treasury for use in the establishment of the MI Museum. He served as one of MICA's first elected officers and continues to work selflessly to ensure the best for our MI Soldiers and their families.
Over the past five decades, Mr. James Chambers (as a Lieutenant Colonel and subsequently as an Army Civilian) has consistently made enormous contributions to the Military Intelligence Corps. His dedication, loyalty, and pride in our Corps are legendary. His legacy lives on in virtually everything associated with MI today.
Lieutenant Colonel/SIES Thomas Dillon (U.S. Army Retired)
LTC Dillon's Army career began as an Infantry platoon leader in the 101st Airborne Division. In 1960, he entered the intelligence field, where he was trained as a Counterintelligence (CI) officer and Human Intelligence (HUMINT) case officer. Throughout the 1960s, He served with distinction in a number of critical CI and HUMINT assignments in Munich and Berlin, Germany, where he led teams conducting clandestine HUMINT collection against the Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations. Following two tours of duty in the Republic of Vietnam, he was reassigned to Bangkok, Thailand. There, he served as a commander until 1975 responsible for running controlled Army HUMINT collection operations throughout Southeast Asia.
Mr. Dillon retired from the Army in 1975 as a lieutenant colonel, but soon returned to his nation's service as a civilian Army intelligence officer. In this capacity he was assigned to Germany in 1976, where he served in a series of assignments of ever-increasing responsibility culminating as the Senior U.S. Army Europe Intelligence Liaison Officer to the Federal Republic of Germany from 1981 to 1985. Subsequently, he assumed the position of HUMINT Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Intelligence) (ASD/I) at the Pentagon. In this role he provided oversight on all Defense HUMINT activities and developed new policies regarding HUMINT support to drug interdiction and Special Operations.
In 1989, Mr. Dillon returned to Germany, this time as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, U.S. Army Europe. With the fall of the Soviet Union and breakup of the Warsaw Pact, HUMINT efforts in Europe posed unique challenges and opportunities for Army collection efforts. Our changing relationship with the Federal Republic of Germany in these turbulent years greatly exacerbated these challenges. Mr. Dillon was the Army's key player in managing this unique and evolving relationship, personally working with senior German intelligence and security officials to guide the relationship to ever more productive Joint endeavors. His efforts were widely acknowledged in the highest circles, resulting in his receipt of the Gold Cross of Honor from the Federal Republic of Germany in 1995.
Upon returning to the United States, Mr. Dillon was given a lead in the transition and establishment of the Defense HUMINT Service (DHS). He oversaw restructuring of the entire DHS collection operations program, ensuring that collection was redirected quickly to respond to new challenges brought about by asymmetric threats and those facing our military commanders. His extraordinary operational accomplishments in reshaping DH operations made critical contributions in such priority areas as U.S. assessments of Russian and Chinese weapons of mass destruction capabilities; protection of U.S. interests from terrorist activities; information operations, and "on-the-ground" intelligence support to deployed forces in Bosnia, Kosovo, and East Timor. In Bosnia, he deployed DH operational personnel before the signing of the Dayton Accords in order to prepare the U.S. sector for the introduction of U.S. peace-keeping forces. Mr. Dillon then constructed a complex and highly classified intelligence collection capability in the region to continue to ensure the safety of U.S. forces.
He is singularly responsible for fostering unprecedented cooperation between the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and its sister intelligence organizations. He worked closely with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), National Security Agency (NSA), National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), and the National Reconnaissance Officer (NRO), forging a partnership which greatly improved the level of commitment, integration, and effectiveness of Joint operations. Mr. Dillon also partnered with many foreign governments in the establishment of Joint, multilateral, and bilateral collection programs that resulted in the furthering of U.S. national objectives.
Recognizing the demands that the GWOT would place upon the Army's tactical forces, Mr. Dillon moved quickly to reconstitute an organic Army HUMINT capability, which had been largely disestablished after the standup of DHS in 1995. He secured the necessary resources to allow immediate reestablishment of this capability, and through his leadership, secured additional resources setting the conditions for it to nearly triple in size by fiscal year 2008. This reinvigorated intelligence organization, known as the Army Operational Activity, achieved an initial operating capability in early 2003. His establishment of this Army HUMINT capability is credited with going a long way towards meeting commanders' critical intelligence requirements while fusing HUMINT collection assets with tactical and Special Operations forces.
During this period Mr. Dillon additionally spearheaded a complete transformation of the Army's CI efforts. In cooperation with the newly established Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA), sister Services, and other U.S. Intelligence Community agencies, he implemented several major initiatives in response to the GWOT. Among these was establishment of worldwide CI Force Protection Detachments to work with host nation intelligence and security services in providing crucial force protection information to troops in transit through potentially hostile regions. Another was the placement of Army CI agents in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs) throughout the United States, enabling a complete interagency effort to be brought to bear in the GWOT.
Another illustration of Mr. Dillon's achievements was his establishment of the Army Research and Technology Protection Center (ARTPC). The ARTPC mission is to ensure that critical enabling technologies are safeguarded from exposure and that the U.S. military maintains its technological edge over all adversaries. This effort has become the model throughout the DOD on how to provide an integrated effort to ensure safeguarding of critical technologies. Combining CI, security, and engineering expertise into one organization, the ARTPC brings together the Research and Development (R&D), acquisition, and the CI communities in order to identify and protect critical technologies early in their lifecycles from compromise. These efforts are ensuring that the expenditure of billions of dollars in military R&D and procurement are not in vain and, as importantly, will ensure that U.S. Soldiers in combat continue to have overwhelming technological superiority against any foe.
With a career spanning over four decades, Mr. Dillon has remained a strategic thinker, leader, manager, and doer who has used his considerable talents in the service of our nation, DOD, the Military Intelligence Corps, and the United States Army.
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|Publication:||Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin|
|Date:||Apr 1, 2006|
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