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Nine Distinguished members honored in ceremony.

Chief of Signal BG Jeffrey W. Foley appointed nine new Distinguished Members of the Regiment in a ceremony held Dec. 3, 2008, during the Signal Conference at Fort Gordon, Ga. The Distinguished Member program was established at the onset of Regimental Activation to recognize those people who have made a special contribution and distinguished themselves in service to the regiment. These Distinguished Member positions are also designed to promote and enhance the history and traditions of the regiment and foster cohesion among its members. A summary of the prestigious careers of our newest Distinguished Members follows.

BG Albert J. Myer

BG Albert James Myer was the first chief of the Army Signal Corps and the originator of the visual system of flag and torch signaling known as "wigwag". He was an Army surgeon with an interest in a sign language for the deaf. While serving in the Southwest Territory, he developed the technique of waving a single flag on a long pole. His system received its first test in combat during the Civil War, when it was used to direct the fire of a harbor battery against Confederate positions. During the war, the Signal Corps also operated thirty telegraph trains. Myer continued to innovate and even conducted lighter-than-air balloon experiments at the first Battle of Bull Run. Throughout his career Myer always led the way, striving to create new and better innovations for our military and our country.


CS M (Ret) Charles J. Johnson

CSM (Ret) Charles J. Johnson exemplifies the enduring qualities we seek in a senior noncommissioned officer. A consummate leader, educator, and mentor he completed a myriad of military schools and held every enlisted leadership position from team chief to command sergeant major. He served in Vietnam, Korea, Washington, D.C., Germany, and in Desert Shield/Desert Storm as the Command Sergeant Major of the 44th Signal Battalion. He culminated his military career as the CSM of the Communications Electronic Command at Fort Monmouth. Since his retirement, he has worked with Computer Sciences Corporation as a communications advisor to the product manager for air traffic control. Our country has benefitted greatly from his dedicated service, both in and out of uniform and he continues to display the qualities of one who serves with pride as a member of our Distinguished Regiment.


CW 5 (Ret) Robert L. Pace

CW5 (Ret) Robert Pace has served the regiment continuously since his arrival on Fort Gordon for Advanced Individual Training 1n 1970. Trained as a microwave repairman, he was assigned to a variety of units to include the 226th Signal Company which supported the last Honest John missile unit that served in the U.S. Army. He was appointed a warrant officer (256A) in 1980, serving nine years with the 1st, 2nd and 4th Infantry divisions. He spent the rest of his warrant officer career in support of joint operations and operational testing. Retiring in 2002, he went work with the Army G-6 as a contractor where he was part of the three-person team that initiated and operationalized the Blue Force Tracking system for the Army. Pace was integral to the technical and material preparation of the Combined Field Land Component Command, as well as the V Corps units for operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He has traveled into the most remote areas of the area of operation 20 times within the last five years researching technical communications issues to order to expertly represent the needs of the deployed warfighter to the Department of the Army and OSD staff. He has approached every job with competence, passion, and humor, always remaining focused on signal Soldiers.


CW5 (Ret) Bruce P. Gardner

CW 5 Bruce Gardner's three decades of service to the U.S. Army set the standard for warrant officers in the Signal Regiment. He superbly served as the subject matter expert for the Department of Defence in information assurance operations and to the National Command Authority in the security arena. His work with the National Security Emergency Preparedness Program in support of National Disaster Recovery will reap great benefits for our Army and our nation for years to come. Gardner is a national asset who continues to serve the regiment and warfighters worldwide as a support contractor to the Defense Information Services Agency.

Victor J. Ferlise

Victor J. Ferlise was approved as a Distinguished Member in 2001 but attended this year's ceremony for official recognition. As deputy to the commanding general of CECOM, he compiled a remarkable record of accomplishments driven by his desire to take care of the American Soldier. His focus was never just on the big programs like Mobile Subscriber Equipment or Warfighter Information Network-Tactical but also very much on ensuring that the signal Soldiers on the ground or jumping in or carrying a radio on patrol had the right signal equipment to support their commanders. He played a crucial role in Army programs such as Single Channeled Ground to Air Radio System and Satellite Communications, both successful because of his vision and leadership. His team-building innovations brought together Army, other services and industry to jointly solve some of the most critical issues facing the DoD and our nation. The Signal Motto best sums up what Vic Ferlise accomplished, as he was ever--"Watchful for the Country."




MG (Ret) Alan B. Salisbury

MG (Ret) Alan B. Salisbury is a true scholar, communications professional, and leader in the National Capital Region's Signal community. He dedicated much of his life to the study and research of electrical engineering and computer science, graduating from the United States Military Academy in 1958 and completing PHD work from Stanford University in 1973. As a Soldier, he excelled as a signal staff officer, USMA instructor, and Program Manager for Position Locating Reporting System and Operations Tactical Data Systems. He is the author of numerous technical and management papers and was the founding editor of The Journal of Systems and Software. In 1984 he assumed command of the United States Army Information Systems Engineering Command. Since retirement, he remains active in regimental organizations, serving as an absolute example of personal and professional dedication to the Signal Regiment.


LTG (Ret) Michael W. Ackerman

LTG (Ret) Michael W. Ackerman's outstanding contributions to the Signal Regiment are indeed worthy of recognition as a Distinguished Member. Beyond his service to the regiment, his contributions to the Army and his country are especially noteworthy and are bookended by important assignments. The first is his highly decorated service as a combat infantryman in Vietnam. Ackerman transferred into the Signal Regiment where he served with honor and distinction, to include assignment as the 27th Chief of Signal. His final assignment was as the Army's Inspector General where he was tasked to review a number of significant and sometimes troubling events in our Army's history. But it was Ackerman's unquestionable qualities which made his selection the right choice for our Army. His long and illustrious career ranks him among the very best and clearly as a Distinguished Member.

LTG (Ret) Vaughn O. Lang

LTG Vaughn O. Lang began his service to our country as a second lieutenant at the Officer's Basic Course at Fort Monmouth, N.J., in 1952. His subsequent assignments were as company commander and S3 for the 50th Signal battalion and as the signal advisor to the Vietnamese 21st Infantry Division. His assignments then began to include those which engaged him in materiel acquisition. Interspersed with those assignments, Lang commanded at every level to include both the 447th Signal battalion in Europe and the 39th Signal battalion and the 1st Signal brigade in Vietnam. He went on to command the Communications and Electronic Materiel Readiness Command and the Army Communications Agency. Lang has risen above his peers at every level and dedicated himself to the service of his regiment. In his last assignment, he served as the director of a program devoted to the continuity of our constitutional form of government and to the survival of the Office of the President of the United States.

John R. Turns

John R. Turns was posthumously inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Signal Regiment for outstanding service to the nation during a career spanning 52 years of federal service. Turns enlisted in the Army as a communications specialist in 1954, attained the rank of first sergeant prior to his retirement in 1970 when joined the Civil Service at Fort Gordon, Ga. He assumed his last position as Chief of Professional Development, 442nd Signal Battalion in 1987. Through numerous changes and organizational restructures, Turns never lost sight of his mission--training the newly commissioned officers of the Signal Regiment. He directly impacted the lives and careers of more than ten thousand signal lieutenants and one thousand international officers from 54 countries. He embodied the Army values and lived them long before they were articulated by Army leadership. His many years and contributions solidify him as a Distinguished Member.



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NCO--Noncommissioned OfficerCW5 (Ret) Bruce P. Gardner

Ms. Wood is the chief of the Regimental Division of the Office Chief of Signal, Fort Gordon, Ga.
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Title Annotation:Distinguished Members of the Regiment
Author:Wood, Susan
Publication:Army Communicator
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2009
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