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MI Corps Hall of Fame nominations.

So you want to nominate someone for the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame? Well, you are most likely asking yourself, how do I get started? Can I get a sample nomination package? What are the criteria for submission of a nomination? How is the selection made? You may have any number of similar questions.

We will answer all of these questions and more in these two pages. First, here is a little background on the Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame (HOF) itself. The MI Corps activated on 1 July 1987 in accordance with the United States Army Regimental System. The following year, on 1 July 1988, the MI Corps established the HOF to honor MI Soldiers and professional civilians who have made an indelible mark on our Corps and a lasting, significant contribution to the MI Branch and the U.S. Army. As of this writing, we have inducted 188 Army intelligence professionals in the MI Corps Hall of Fame. They represent a cross section of Army intelligence from strategic to tactical, from Soldier to civilian, and from every discipline of our business.

All commissioned officers, warrant officers, enlisted Soldiers, and civilian intelligence professionals who have served in a United States Army intelligence unit or in an intelligence position elsewhere within the U.S. Army are eligible for nomination. We only accept nominations for individuals and will not consider unit or group nominations. Specifically, nominees may not be serving on active duty but they may continue employment with the U.S. Government as contractors or as government civilians. Government civilians who have not served in uniformed service but who are otherwise qualified and retirement eligible may also receive consideration. Recent changes permit nomination of recent military service retirees who return to work for the government in the intelligence field and career intelligence civil servants; in the past the criteria precluded nominees from consideration "until retirement from all forms of federal intelligence service." The purpose of the changes is to expand the pool of those eligible for nomination.

Although nominees must have served with Army intelligence at some point during their careers, the supporting justification for their nomination may and should include accomplishments from other portions of their careers, not merely their periods of service in Army intelligence. In some cases, this will help to round out the file and may provide appropriate insight into the individual accomplishments and contributions. Likewise, there may be instances where a single heroic act may be its own sufficient justification. Therefore, the bottom line is that it is best to submit a complete picture and let the Nomination Board decide.

Speaking of the Nomination Board, it convenes annually at the direction of the Chief of the Military Intelligence Corps (the Commanding General, U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca)--usually in the September-October timeframe. Its purpose is to provide a prioritized list of nominees for the Chief of the Corps to select the new inductees. The Adjutant of the MI Corps presides as President. The remainder of the Board comprises at least one HOF member; the Honorary Colonel, Warrant Officer, and Sergeant Major of the Corps; a senior intelligence civilian; and representatives (either Command Sergeant Major or Colonel) from two MI Brigades. The participants, except for the Adjutant and the Honoraries, normally change with each Board. The Board results are normally made public officially in January once approved by the Chief of the Military Intelligence Corps and the Corps has completed notification of the selectees.

Nomination packets of those not selected for the Hall of Fame will be kept on file indefinitely and automatically sent before the Board three successive times for consideration. If after three separate Board reviews they did not select the nominee, his or her packet will then go in an inactive file. At any time, the package may be reactivated with submission of additional supporting information.

Each Hall of Fame nomination packet must include the following:

* A nomination letter signed by the nominator to include his or her current address and telephone number, and E-mail address.

* The full name and official rank or grade held by the nominee at time of retirement, leaving active or Reserve service, civil servant nomination, or death.

* A career summary that includes critical assignments (dates/units/jobs) and any specific accomplishments that would further support the nominee's case for induction into the Hall of Fame. A copy of the nominee's officer record brief (ORB), Enlisted DA Form 2-1 (in the future the enlisted record brief [ERB]), or other official supporting documentation, to confirm dates and accomplishments is very useful. Without official documentation, letters of support from various firsthand witnesses to the accomplishments would be necessary.

* A narrative justification or biography specifically stating the major accomplishments and achievements of the nominee and his or her impact on the Army, Military Intelligence, and the MI Corps.

* The current address and telephone number of the nominee or the address and telephone number of a surviving family member.

* The nominee's social security number or service number (if available).

* An 8" x 10" photograph of the nominee (if possible). If an 8" x 10" is not available, any clear and visible photo is acceptable.

Nomination packets must be complete before submission to the Board for consideration. Any nomination packet received without the items above will not be reviewed until receipt of the missing or incomplete item(s). The Hall of Fame Action Officer will help you by reviewing all packets and contacting the nominator for additional information if needed. Nominators must base the information provided on firsthand knowledge or thorough documented research.

You may request nomination guidance by either writing to the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca, ATTN: ATZS-MI (HOF), 110 Rhea Avenue, Fort Huachuca, Arizona 85613-7080, or by sending an E-mail message to OCMI@hua.army.mil. We will notify nominators of a packet's receipt and the date of the next Selection Board.

Lieutenant Colonel Harvey Crockett is currently Director, Office of the Chief of MI. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Mississippi State University. His past assignments include company command, Battalion and Brigade S2, Division Analysis and Control Element Chief, Corps G2 Planner, Battalion Executive Officer, and most recently Commander, 303d MI Battalion, at Fort Hood, Texas. He is a Command and General Staff College graduate and Senior Service College selectee. Readers may contact LTC Crockett via E-mail at harvey.crockett@ hua.army.mil.

Captain Kelly Whiddon is currently assigned to the Office of the Chief of MI as an Officer Life-Cycle Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. She served as Platoon Leader and Operations Officer of a Chemical Company (Reconnaissance), at Fort Hood, Texas, before reintegrating into MI. She completed the MI Captains Career Course and the Signals Intelligence Tactical Operations Course (35G) in 2003. Readers can reach CPT Whiddon via E-mail at kelly.whiddon @hua.army.mil.
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Title Annotation:MI Corps Hall of Fame
Author:Crockett, Harvey; Whiddon, Kelly
Publication:Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin
Date:Jan 1, 2004
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