The MI Corps Hall of Fame inducted three new members for 1998. The ceremony took place on 26 June 1998.
LTG Menoher was an influential visionary and innovator throughout his career. He held a series of demanding positions of great responsibility during his 35 years of commissioned service, including Commanding General of the Army Intelligence Agency (AIA), CG of the United States Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca (USAIC&FH), CG of the Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), and Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence (DCSINT).
Lieutenant General Paul E. Menoher, Jr. (Retired)
As the AIA Commander, LTG Menoher provided outstanding leadership and direction to four operational intelligence production centers: the Intelligence and Threat Analysis Center; Foreign Science and Technology Center; Missile and Space Intelligence Center; and the Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center. In his follow-on assignment as the Commanding General of USAIC&FH, LTG Menoher provided superb insight and vision in the development of new Army intelligence doctrine, organizational constructs, and intelligence collection and processing systems. In his assignment as the INSCOM CG, he ensured that responsive, tailored intelligence and force protection support was provided to Army and Joint Task Force commanders. He created the Land Information Warfare Activity, directed the effort that created the Army Intelligence Master Plan (AIMP), and refined the Intelligence Electronic Warfare systems requirements.
As the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, LTG Menoher created and maintained a seamless intelligence architecture which links strategic, operational, and tactical forces at all levels for the best possible intelligence support. His knowledge of systems integration, coupled with the realities of ground combat, made him invaluable in developing, defining, and defending intelligence capabilities and structure. He was also the Army's leader in creating the prototype battlefield visualization capability for the XVIII Airborne Corps. This capability, when mature, will enable commanders to see their physical battlespace with the friendly and enemy forces dynamically arrayed in a high fidelity, three-dimensional, virtual replication.
LTG Menoher pioneered for the Civilian Personnel Proponency System for the Army, taking the lead for Training and Doctrine Command to fully integrate the civilian professional intelligence workforce into the Military Intelligence Corps. He directed the action to consolidate and create new enlisted military occupational specialties to leverage the superb qualities of MI soldiers, economize operations, and provide assignment flexibility across the force. He directed an independent MI officer structuring study that realigned the distribution of MI officers, ensuring key MI officer authorizations were filled with the right grades and specialties. As a forerunner in the Army for numerous language initiatives, he was most noted for the development of a new MOS for Interpreter/Translators in the Reserve Component.
LTG Menoher's vision for the MI Corps, systems architecture, and the inter-connectivity between the Services and national intelligence activities has ensured that the Corps is prepared to execute its role in support of Force XXI. Indeed, his battle cry, "One Vision--One Vector--One Voice!" was the driving influence behind the pursuit of excellence by our great Corps throughout the past decade. LTG Menoher has truly blazed a trail of excellence for the Military Intelligence Corps to ensure its viability and preparedness to meet the challenges of the new millennium.
CSM McKnight's distinguished career spanned more than 33 years of devoted selfless service to soldiers. He held a variety of positions throughout his career from a Morse code operator serving on a low-level team with the infantry in the jungles of Vietnam, an instructor, a first sergeant for nine years, a brigade CSM, to the demanding position of Command Sergeant Major of INSCOM.
Command Sergeant Major Raymond McKnight (Retired)
As a young sergeant, he copied Morse code, provided perimeter security, and dug foxholes. He demonstrated that intelligence soldiers can fight and survive under any condition. As an instructor, he developed a Morse code head-start program that reduced student attrition. While CSM of Field Station Berlin from 1981 to 1986, CSM McKnight created a two-week classroom noncommissioned officer development plan (NCODP) and implemented the first reverse-readiness training (REDTRAIN) program with Field Station Berlin and V Corps MI units. His unit won many awards, including the Supply Discipline Award, Travis Trophy, and the Command Supply Maintenance of Excellence Award. As the CSM of the 704th MI Battalion, he laid the groundwork for the formation of the 743d MI Battalion. He also identified the critical skills needed for the expanding national training programs and was instrumental in coordinating soldier participation.
As the INSCOM CSM from 1987 to 1993, CSM McKnight developed, coordinated, and implemented policies and procedures for worldwide intelligence mission requirements. He provided advice and counsel on training policies, technical development in tactical and strategic units, and effective use of resources and MOS regarding intelligence mission requirements. CSM McKnight developed and managed the INSCOM Benefit Association, started by intelligence soldiers to assist themselves and their family members with the cost of civilian education. Many soldiers and family members received associates degrees--more than 500 received bachelors or masters degrees through this program. He then converted the fund into a college scholarship program to assist surviving family members.
CSM McKnight's leadership was pivotal in the success that the INSCOM soldiers and civilians achieved in support of the warfighters during Operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM. He directed a linguist recruitment and cross-training program and coordinated the assignment of chemical personnel to train NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) skills before DESERT SHIELD/STORM deployment. He spearheaded the formulation of a family support system.
CSM McKnight's first rule--taking care of soldiers and their families--was evident throughout his distinguished career. He touched the lives of many and truly changed the Army's image of the MI Soldier. His contributions to the MI community and his keen ability to recognize the need for change benefited the intelligence community, the MI Corps, and the U.S. Army. CSM McKnight has proven he is "ALWAYS OUT FRONT," always!
From his first assignment as a Signals Intelligence Watch Officer, U.S. Army Field Station, Thailand, to his untimely death in 1997 during his tenure as the Director of Combat Developments, U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca, Arizona, Colonel Nottingham served our country well. His great vision, ability to develop and embrace innovative concepts, and profound knowledge of Army operations significantly impacted MI and the U.S. Army.
Colonel Seth F. Nottingham (Deceased)
His other major duty assignments include commander of two detachments in Thailand; Signals Intelligence Officer, 504th Army Security Agency Group, Fort Carson, Colorado; Battlefield Systems Chief and Brigade S3, III Corps; and Executive Officer, 2d Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Commander, 501st MI Battalion, Germany; Intelligence Plans and Training Officer for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Germany; and Deputy G2 for Plans and Operations, III Corps.
Colonel Nottingham made many significant contributions to MI while he served as the Director of Combat Developments. He led design of the Division XXI MI Battalion force structure that was used in the Division XXI Advanced Warfighting Experiments. He was a leading force in the publication of TRADOC Pamphlet 525-75, Intelligence Training XXI, and in the development of information operations doctrine that led to the Intelligence Operations--Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (IO-TTP). His final effort was the development of the MI Functional Area Assessment, an overarching strategy for intelligence that will serve us well into the next decade.
Colonel Nottingham's vision for the future and superb leadership skills were critical factors in his participation of the MI force structure design. He was precisely the savvy, battlefield-focused, soldier-oriented leader we needed for 21st Century Army operations. His contributions to the MI community will continue to advance and define the MI soldier's role of tomorrow.
Editors Note: In addition to welcoming the 1998 Hall of Fame inductees introduced above, MIPB presents a biography of First Lieutenant George Sisler, MI's only Medal of Honor winner.
First Lieutenant George Kenton Sisler served in the U.S. Army National Guard from September 1956 to July 1957 and in the Army Reserve from July 1957 to January 1958.
He performed active duty service as an enlisted soldier in the U.S. Air Force from January 1958 to May 1962 and in the Regular Army from August 1964 to June 1965. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant on 22 June 1965. As a first lieutenant, he served in Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces.
First Lieutenant George Kenton Sisler (Deceased) HOF Inductee: 1988
1LT Sisler is military intelligence's only Medal of Honor winner. He was cited for this award for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life beyond the call of duty. 1LT Sisler was a platoon leader and advisor to a special U.S.-Vietnam exploitation force. A company-size enemy force attacked 1LT Sisler's platoon from three sides while it was on patrol deep within enemy-dominated territory. He quickly rallied his men, deployed them to a better defensive position, called for an air strike, and moved among his men to encourage and direct their efforts.
Learning that two men had been wounded and were unable to pull back to the perimeter, 1LT Sisler charged from the position through intense fire to assist them. He reached the men and, while carrying the first one back to the perimeter, came under more intense weapons fire by the enemy. Laying down his wounded comrade, he killed three onrushing enemy soldiers with rifle fire and silenced the enemy machine gun with a grenade. As he carried the wounded man to the perimeter, the left flank of the position received extremely heavy attack by the superior enemy force and several more men of his platoon were wounded. Despite the continuing enemy fire, 1LT Sisler was moving about the battlefield directing his force.
Realizing the need for instant action to prevent his position from being overrun, 1LT Sisler picked up some grenades and charged single-handed into the enemy onslaught, firing his weapon and throwing grenades. This singularly heroic action broke up the vicious assault and forced the enemy to begin withdrawing. His extraordinary leadership, infinite courage, and his selfless concern for his men saved the lives of many of his comrades. His actions reflected great credit upon himself and uphold the highest traditions of military service.
On 28 February 1998, there was a commissioning ceremony of U.S. Naval Ship (USNS) Sisler, a large medium-speed rollon-rolloff (LMSR) vessel. 1LT Sisler's widow christened the ship and several other members of his family participated in the ceremony, which took place at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company in San Diego, California. The naming of a LMSR after Lieutenant Sisler is a fitting tribute to all military and civilian personnel who have played an important role in the history of military intelligence and have paid the supreme sacrifice in their service to the nation.
MI Corps Hall of Fame Nominations The U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca accepts nominations throughout the year for the MI Hall of Fame. Anyone can nominate an individual for induction into the MI Hall of Fame. Commissioned officers, warrant officers, enlisted soldiers, or civilians who have served in a U.S. Army intelligence unit or in an intelligence position in the U.S. Army are eligible for nomination.
A nominee must have made a significant contribution to MI that reflects favorably on the MI Corps. In certain isolated instances (particularly in the case of junior soldiers), heroic actions rather than other documented contributions may form the basis of the nomination.
Nominees cannot be employees of the United States Government in any capacity at the time of their nominations. Individuals cannot be self-nominated. An annual HOF Board convenes to review nominations and make recommendations to the Chief of MI who is the final approving authority for inductions into the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame Coordinator provides information on nomination procedures. If you wish to nominate someone, contact HQ Garrison, U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca, ATTN: ATZS-CDR (Mr. Chambers), Fort Huachuca, AZ 85613-6000. If you have specific questions, call (520) 533-1178 or DSN 821-1178/5528, or send an E-mail message to [email protected]