Signal Corps regiment honors distinguished members.
By Office Chief of Signal Staff
CW5 (Ret) C. Andrew Barr
CW5 (Ret)C. Andrew Barr's career began in 1970 when he was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War. His capability was quickly noticed resulting in his accession into the Army warrant officer program in less than 10 years active federal service.
In 1979, he began his warrant officer career as the operations officer for U. S. Army Communications Command in Saudi Arabia. During this period he coordinated a comprehensive upgrade of the telecommunications facilities and initiated and directed command security programs that resulted in zero security violations in the command during his tenure.
Then, in 1983, he was assigned as the officer in charge of the COMSEC Logistics Support Unit, U. S. Army Communications Command--Alaska, located at Fort Richardson, Alaska. In this position he was responsible for complete crypto-logistic support to all Army, USAR and NG units located in Alaska.
In 1988, he provided specific communications support to a unique special mission unit that supported highly sensitive missions and tasks of national significance.
From 1999 to 2004, he served as the warrant officer policy integrator in the Department of the Army G1. He was responsible for many actions during this assignment including the Army Training and Leadership Development Panel, the first comprehensive study of warrant officers in over 15 years, that focused on a variety of initiatives including pay reform, uniform insignia changes and a variety of statute and policy changes that enhanced the warrant officer corps' ability to support the force.
He was also a survivor of the attack on the Pentagon that killed almost half of the division where he was assigned. From 2004 to 2010, CW5 Barr served as the Regimental Chief Warrant Officer for the U. S. Army Signal Corps. During his tenure as the RCWO he influenced numerous changes in the accession process which tripled the number of candidates for each vacancy for a Signal warrant. These changes included special support to the Army National Guard and Army Reserve who now receive the same relevant training as the Active component but have the ability to receive the training in phases. His influence was not limited to warrant officers. He was regularly contacted by senior officers who welcomed his advice.
CW5 Barr's awards and commendations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Army Commendation Medal (two awards), Army Achievement Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (two awards) and numerous other military awards including the Army Staff Badge and Recruiter Badge. He became a distinguished member of the Regiment in 2010.
Ms. Wanda C. Butler
Ms. Wanda C. Butler's contributions to the training and education of our Soldiers and leaders has always ensured that commanders had "trained and ready" communicators.
Her career has offered a series of firsts for the Regiment starting with being in the first class of Department of the Army career interns at Fort Gordon. She was an early pioneer on the development and fielding of communications graphic training aids. These aids have served generations of communicators. She has pioneered the use of emerging technology into training and educating our communicators from the early use of tape recorders, to computer based training and today's highly realistic computer based communications equipment simulations used for training and self-development from the classroom to FOBs in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In great part due to her efforts, the Signal Center of Excellence was named the Department of Defense executive agent for satellite communications training. As a result, Sailors, Marines and Airmen attend Signal Center of Excellence training alongside the Regimental Soldiers to get the best communications training available.
Her progression through the grades from an intern to the top civilian position responsible for the development, resourcing and execution of training and education of the Regiment's Soldiers and leaders serves as a career model. As the Career Program 32 (Training, Education and War Fighting Development) manager, she has been responsible for the recruitment and the education of over 70 career interns. Many of these Interns have risen to key positions throughout the Regiment.
She has also provided mentorship and guidance to our career employees, ensuring that each has opportunities to attend advanced schooling designed specifically for civilian employees, improving the overall professionalism of the civilian workforce at Fort Gordon.
As a leader, she helped establish mobile subscriber equipment training at the Signal Center of Excellence, and served as the contracting officer's representative on this contract for nearly two decades. This training produced tens of thousands of trained Soldiers and leaders who supported commanders with responsive and timely communications. As the war fighter's communications requirements evolved from MSE to the joint network node, she led the way in the development, resourcing and execution of JNN training. As a result of her leadership and drive, a process that normally takes three to five years occurred in nine months and provided trained and ready communicators to 3ID as they executed the Army's first ARFORGEN reset.
As a Regimental visionary she expanded Regimental training from the classroom to anywhere a Soldier and leader can access a computer. Under her watch, the LandWarNet University was established and has become the Army's premier provider of PC-based training on LandWarNet. This training is accessed worldwide through both the NIPRNet and SIPRNet and has become the model for other land component forces.
It has been through her efforts and legacy that the Regiment yesterday, today and tomorrow remains "trained and ready." Ms. Butler became a distinguished member of the Regiment in 2010.
LTG (Ret) William Campbell
In the Fall of 2011, MG Alan R. Lynn, Chief of Signal, appointed LTG (Ret) William Campbell as a distinguished member of the Signal Regiment.
LTG Campbell, a native of Kaukauna, Wis., started his military career as an infantry officer in 1962 after graduating from the reserve officer training corps program of Saint Norbert College in DePere, Wis. Demonstrating his vision of the future, he quickly acquired his master's degree in automated data processing from the Texas Technical University. After attending the Military Intelligence Captains Career Course, he commanded at every level, company through brigade. Of particular note was his assignment as the commander of the 335th Radio Research Company, 9th Infantry Division, in Vietnam. The 335th originated as the 112th Signal Radios Intelligence Company, which was part of the Signal Corps when formed at Camp Crowder in 1942. CPT Campbell may have been starting his career as a military intelligence officer, none-the-less he already had strong roots in Signal.
His progressive assignments as the program executive officer for command, control and communications; as the architect for Force XXI; and as the PEO for intelligence and electronic warfare systems made LTG Campbell a pre-eminent force in communications and information systems. During his culminating appointment as a lieutenant general and the Army's director of information systems and command, control, communications and computers (DISC4), his accomplishments were unsurpassed.
In an era of rapid battlefield modernization, LTG Campbell played a key role in bringing the tactical Army into the digital age. He was critical to the digitization of the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Texas; the Army's first "digitized division." His efforts enabled power projection, split-based operations and reach back; and reduced the logistical footprint. As the DISC4, LTG Campbell also extended digitization to Army installations, transforming them into true power projection platforms. LTG Campbell directed the Army battle command system effort, to provide a tremendous amount of information to the commander and create the crucial common operating picture. Never before had the mission commander had such knowledge and power.
As the cyber age progressed, LTG Campbell led development of a plan to ensure department- wide awareness of cyber attacks. Ultimately, the Army fielded a perimeter defense capability, consisting of security routers and the centrally monitored intrusion detection systems, at all 168 Army gateways to the Defense Information Systems Network. Intrusion detection systems also were installed on approximately 500 critical servers. The system used the Army's Regional Computer Emergency Response Teams and Network Operations Centers to provide synergistic, 24-hour, centralized monitoring of the status of all networks and systems.
LTG Campbell helped pioneer the largest portal in the world. AKO serves more than two million registered users, including active duty and retired service personnel and their family members; and provides single sign-on access to more than 300 applications and services. AKO was the pivotal tool in transforming the Army to a knowledge-based organization. LTG Campbell also helped to establish the Land Information Warfare Activity. LIWA sets priorities for operations that complement the Army's Information Assurance efforts. LIWA has supported contingency operations, such as the Balkans; Force XXI initiatives; the Army Experimentation Campaign Plan; combat training center exercises; and operational computer network defense. These major accomplishments and many more, such as biometrics, public key infrastructure, electronic commerce and personnel policy development for those in the Information Technology arena, are still vital to today's success. It was LTG Campbell who displayed the vision and foresight to initiate so much that still serves the Army. For these accomplishments LTG William Campbell, is appointed a distinguished member of the Regiment.
MG (Ret) Donna L. Dacier
MG (Ret) Donna L. Dacier's distinguished career spans more than 34 years of service in various, crucial positions throughout the world, both on reserve and active duty status. Her service includes assignments in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait (with service throughout the OIF and OEF theaters of war), and across the United States. She began her career in 1974 as a Women's Army Corps officer in the 4th Training Battalion at Fort Gordon, where she commanded Company C, 4th Training Battalion. She went on to serve as a combat communications division instructor for the Signal School at Fort Gordon, and later as senior instructor for the 4151st U.S. Army Reserve Forces School in Houston, Texas.
As an Army Reserve Signal force integrator, MG Dacier took a piece-meal program and transformed it into a rock- solid foundation for the Army Reserve Signal force structure we have today. Because the Signal community was never fully resourced and provisioned, MG Dacier demonstrated her skills as a keen and astute negotiator. She collaborated with Department of the Army training and readiness staff and shifted fiscal resources to the Army Reserve.
While assigned as the senior officer to the 335th Theater Signal Command forward Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1997, MG Dacier had the vision to merge the DISA and Joint Service Signal Network Operations Centers into a joint entity.
In our current conflict as the C6, coalition forces land component command and commander of the 335th Theater Signal Command (Provisional), at Camp Doha / Arifjan, Kuwait, she oversaw the monumental task of commercializing the command, control, communications, and computer infrastructure across Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. Her actions freed up critically needed tactical assets and provided an unprecedented level of network support to a combined U.S. military, U.S. Department of State, and NATO customer base of more than 100,000 war fighting personnel.
Selected as commander, 311th Signal Command at Fort Meade, Md., she was again called upon to tackle a new and difficult transformation to redesign her command into a multi-component headquarters and move it 5,000 miles to Fort Shafter, Hawaii and migrate from a reserve centric organization to an operationally focused command. Her command would assume C2 over a multi-million dollar C4I operation dedicated to sustaining joint war fighters throughout the pacific region and transition the communications infrastructure into a global enterprise. After retirement, her service to the regiment and our country continued when she joined BCP international, Ltd., as a senior defense analyst, with oversight programs for national, state and local governments. Throughout her career, MG Dacier worked hard at networking with people not just in the Signal community but also throughout the Army. MG Dacier deemed it critical to talk constantly to the "customer" to ensure customer needs were satisfied and to increase trust in the Signal community enterprise services provided. She is a true leader of Soldiers of all ranks and always mindful of the people who served with and for her--a true champion of humanitarianism. She became a distinguished member of the Regiment in 2010.
COL (Ret) Pete Farrell
COL (Ret) Pete Farrell's military career started in 1975 upon graduation from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, where he was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant in the Signal Corps. He spent the next 27 years on active duty serving with distinction as a tactical Signal officer around the world. Some of his key assignments included: serving as a platoon leader along the Inter-German Border in West Germany at the height of the Cold War; company commander in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.; faculty member at the U. S. Academy at West Point; service at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium during the fall of the Berlin Wall, and battalion commander 501st Signal Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky.
In 1997, COL Farrell was charged with the responsibility of the establishment of our own Signal Corps Regimental Association as a true private organization. He formed our first SCRA Board, established a manager's position and instituted a fair and equitable awards program. He was personally responsible for the reinvigorating the SCRA. As the 15th Signal Brigade commander, COL Farrell commanded our largest brigade. He was responsible for training of thousands of our Soldiers who are succeeding, even excelling, today because of his personal efforts to ensure our Regiment had the finest trained Soldiers possible.
His military service culminated in June 2002 as the deputy commander of the U. S. Army Signal Center at Fort Gordon. In this capacity, one of his significant accomplishments was the implementation of the assignment oriented training program. This initiative which separated Soldiers into tracks of training based upon their first unit of assignment both saved the Army millions of dollars in resources and it also ensured that our Soldiers received exactly the training they needed prior to being assigned to their first duty station. Since joining General Dynamics as the director of training, COL Farrell has continuously sought ways to better support Signal training, both at the resident schoolhouse, and during new equipment training throughout the force as the various increments of the Warfighter Information Network--Tactical are fielded. COL Farrell has seen the establishment of video enabled training within the schoolhouse, making resident training available anytime and anywhere. This capability was demonstrated through training links to both Puerto Rico and Iraq. Though retired from active duty, COL Farrell continues serving the Regiment through his efforts in his current civilian employment.
As part of his community service, COL Farrell serves on the Fort Gordon Post Retiree Council, a volunteer agency that represents the interests and needs of veterans in the Fort Gordon area and presents these needs to the installation for resolution. He became a distinguished member of the Regiment in 2010.
CSM (Ret) Ray D. Lane
CSM (Ret) Ray D. Lane entered the U.S. Army from West Palm Beach, Fla. in 1976 through the delayed entry program. After a break in service, he rejoined the Army in 1980 after becoming the top graduate of the National Association for Home Builders.
Prior to becoming the command sergeant major of the Army Communications- Electronics Life Cycle Management Command, CSM Lane served as command sergeant major for the 160th Signal Brigade. He was the top enlisted Signal adviser for Operation Iraqi Freedom, Coalition Joint Task Force-Seven, Task Force Signal, and the 22d Signal Brigade, during V Corps' decisive victory. CSM Lane served in the region for three years, overseeing every aspect of commercialization.
Other key leadership assignments included command sergeant major, 440th Signal Battalion; G6 sergeant major, 1st Armored Division; first sergeant, Bravo Company 141st Signal Battalion and Delta Company, 1st Battalion 46th Infantry Regiment; communications chief, Second Battalion, third Field Artillery Regiment; Signal officer (S6), 12th Calvary Regiment; senior drill sergeant, and squad leader.
Additionally, CSM Lane served with the 1/31st Mechanized Infantry, 2/10th Towed Artillery, Jungle Operation Training Center, Jungle Warfare Branch, 2/51st Air Defense Artillery, 84th U.S. Army Field Artillery Detachment Lance (Nuclear), 69th Signal Battalion, and 52d Signal Battalion.
CSM Lane's overseas assignments include five tours in the Federal Republic of Germany; a tour in Panama, Bosnia, Korea; two tours to Kuwait and Iraq. His stateside assignments included Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Benning, Ga.; Fort Knox, Ky.; and Fort Monmouth, N.J.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, (with one Oak Leaf Cluster) the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, (with four Oak Leaf Clusters) the Army Commendation Medals (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medals (with five Oak Leaf Clusters), the Drill Sergeant Badge, both Order of Mercury and Honorable Order of Saint Barbara Medals, the German Marksmanship Badge and the Combat Action Badge.
He was an honor graduate of advanced individual training, Basic Noncommissioned Officer's Course, and the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer's Course. He was a graduate of Class 48, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, the Command Sergeants Major Course, and the Master Fitness Course. CSM Lane graduated from the University of Maryland with an Associate of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from McKendree College, with an emphasis on management and computer science.
CSM Lane spearheaded the start of the Baghdad Signal University and began the initial thought process of the Mobile Training Team direction that the entire Army now utilizes. He was inducted, posthumously, as a distinguished member of the Signal Regiment in 2010.
CSM (Ret) Michael A. Terry
CSM (Ret) Michael A. Terry entered active duty in October 1973. He attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and advanced individual training for MOS 05C, at Fort Gordon, Ga. He was the post and Regimental command sergeant major for the U. S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon, from November 2002 until October 2007.
His assignments included 124th Signal Battalion, Fort Carson, Colo.; U.S. Army Recruiting Station, Davenport, Iowa; 1/36th F.A., Augsburg, Federal Republic of Germany; U.S. Army Electronics Proving Ground, Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; 125th Signal Battalion, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; 10th Signal Battalion, Fort Drum, N.Y.; 142nd/124th Signal Battalion, 16th Signal Battalion, and 3rd Signal Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas; 516th Signal Brigade, Fort Shafter, Hawaii; and 5th Signal Command, Mannheim, Germany. CSM Terry has held every leadership position from team chief to command sergeant major. He has deployed to real-world situations three separate times--Hurricane Andrew in Homestead, Fla., and two deployments to Somalia during operations Restore Hope and Continue Hope.
His awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal (eighth award), National Defense Service Medal with star device, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, United Nations Medal and Humanitarian Service Medal. Badges earned are the Army Recruiter Badge with two gold stars, the Air Assault Badge and the Silver Order of Mercury. CSM Terry's military education includes Recruiting School, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer's Course, Master Fitness Course, First Sergeant Course and the Sergeants Major Academy. He currently holds an associate's degree from City University of Chicago and completed his bachelor's degree in 2010. CSM Terry is married to the former Virginia Bennett, his high school sweetheart. They have two sons and eight grandchildren. He became a distinguished member of the Regiment in 2010.
Mr. Marty Zimmerman
Mr. Marty Zimmerman graduated from the U.S. Army Military Academy at West Point in 1956 and was commissioned in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He served in a variety of military and civilian assignments before his career culminated with his appointment as the Army's deputy chief of staff for command, control, communications and computers.
During his career Mr. Zimmerman was a visionary in the development of information systems. Early in his career he helped validate the use of commercial computers in the field, saving millions in costs and keeping the Army supplied with top of the line technology. He developed the spiral development model for software systems, ensuring that Soldiers could give their feedback, an approach that is still the Army standard. In addition to his technical expertise,
Mr. Zimmerman has both acquisitions savvy and is influential with Congress. His reputation earned him the confidence of his superiors, and he was asked to represent the Army in several international negotiations on information technology. He was involved in numerous other IT actions over his career, ranging from support to the Corps of Engineers, IT support to Redstone Arsenal and Army Materiel Command and activities within the Tactical Air Naval Ground Operations Center, the Underground Command and Control facility in Korea.
Mr. Zimmerman's contributions to the Regiment also include the professional development of future senior civilian IT leaders. He headed the Army's functional civilian personnel system for IT for his entire senior executive career. He has not only established policy for the career program, he also personally reviewed the proposed promotion of GS 15S worldwide. His dedication and strong service ensured Soldiers had the best network and IT systems available.
He became a distinguished member of the Signal Regiment in 2010.