by Major General John D. Thomas, Jr., Commander, U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca

Military intelligence warrant officers are a critical part of our Corps. Their leadership, technical competence, and dedication serve as examples to their fellow soldiers and are critical in meeting the challenges of the 21st century Army.

 To recognize the important contributions of our warrant officers and to ensure that we properly identify and address warrant officer issues, I have established the active duty position of Chief  Warrant Officer of the MI Corps. Unlike those of the Chief, Sergeant Major, and Adjutant of the Corps, we aligned this post with a position here at the Home of MI. The senior warrant officer assigned to the Office of the Chief of MI (OCMI) will be the Warrant Officer of the Corps. The first Warrant Officer so honored is Chief Warrant Officer Five Rex Williams. Although already established, the position will receive formal recognition during the annual Hall of Fame ceremony on 25 June 1999.


Chief Warrant Officer of the MI Corps

Chief Warrant Officer Five Rex A. Williams entered the Army in September 1971. After completion of advanced individual training at Fort Huachuca as an Imagery Analyst, he served with the 2d MI Battalion (Aerial Reconnaissance and Sur- veillance) in Zweibrucken, Ger- many. He then completed tours at the 1st MI Battalion at Fort Bragg as a Section Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) in Charge and in the 704th MI Detachment (Aerial Surveillance) in Camp Humphries, Korea, as an Imagery Section Sergeant. He attained the rank of staff sergeant prior to his appointment as an Imagery Warrant Officer in March 1978.

After his appointment, he worked as a project officer for airborne imaging systems in the Directorate of Combat Developments (DCD) at Fort Huachuca. While assigned to DCD, he transitioned to All-Source Intelligence Technician (350B) and completed the MI Warrant Officer Advanced Course. In 1983, he became the Chief of the All-Source Production Section, 102d MI Battalion at Camp Casey, Korea. In 1984, CW5 Williams returned to Fort Huachuca where he served as the primary threat and intelligence analysis instructor for the MI Officer Advanced and Transition Courses as well as all warrant officer courses. CW5 Williams reassigned to the Intelligence Center–Pacific, Camp Smith, Hawaii, in 1986 where he served under the auspices of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Delegated Producer Program as the Chief of the Pacific Theater Order of Battle (OB) Production Section. Again assigned to the U.S. Army Intelligence Center in 1990, he again was the chief of warrant officer training; he managed all warrant officer courses and taught leadership, professional development, and various intelligence subjects.

In 1993, he became the Chief of an inter-Service intelligence pro- uction section and served as a senior intelligence analyst during crisis periods at the U.S. Central Command Joint Intelligence Center at Macdill Air Force Base, Florida. During his tour, he attended the Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama, and achieved his current grade. Since 1995, CW5 Williams has served in his current position with the OCMI.

HOF Inductions for 1999

The Military Intelligence Corps is proud to announce the names of the six most recent inductees into the MI Corps Hall of Fame. This high honor recognizes the outstanding contributions made by these distinguished Americans to our country, our Army, and our Corps. The 1999 Hall of Fame inductees are: Colonel John F. Concannon, III (Retired), Colonel Byron K. Dean (Retired), Lieutenant Colonel William L. Parkinson (Deceased), Lieutenant Colonel Robert V. Taylor (Retired), Colonel Harold W. Vorhies (Retired), and Colonel Charles D. Young (Deceased). The 1999 Induction Ceremony to honor these remarkable gentleman will be on Friday, 25 June 1999. We invite you to attend this special event.


Colonel John F. Concannon, III (Retired)

Colonel (COL) John Concannon retired from active duty in June 1995 after thirty years of service. During that time, he remained at the forefront of Army Intelligence by successfully framing Soviet strategic challenges. As Chief of the Warsaw Pact Division, U.S. Army Intelligence and Threat Analysis Center (ITAC), he was the principle MI leader responsible for production of the multi-volume Soviet Battlefield Development Plan, the Land Armament Man-power Model, and most imporantly, in-depth analyses of the Soviet theater and strategic operations. His efforts in developing these documents significantly influenced strategic policy at the highest levels.

During his MI assignments, he became the Army’s premier expert on Soviet politico-military affairs. He was the principal intelligence officer responsible to a task force operating under the U.S. Army Chief of Staff to develop guidance and direction to improve our national defense. His knowledge of the effects of a rapidly changing strategic environment on the future structure of the Army enabled him to provide direction on how best to posture the Army for the future.

Colonel Concannon’s contributions to national intelligence were equally impressive. He was the Army leader in the DIA’s study on the correlation of forces opposite the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and was instrumental in defining the threat and subsequent NATO conventional and theater nuclear force options. His efforts impacted significantly on the European strategic balance and the consequent NATO and Army strategic and operational responses. He implemented a wide variety of plans, policies, and recommendations supporting NATO’s correlation of forces strategy and to incorporate them into intelligence requirements to support both deterrence and warfighting operations. During a succession of attaché assignments, his information collection initiatives contributed immeasurably. He is a member of the Defense Attaché Hall of Fame.


Colonel Byron K. Dean (Retired)

Colonel Byron Dean’s distinguished Army career covers 34 years of service. Entering the Army as a private, he advanced to positions of senior leadership and great responsibility in MI. His significant contributions will have a lasting impact well into the 21st century.

Colonel Dean had combat experience in Vietnam, served in three infantry divisions, and became an expert in tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) for tactical-, operational-, and strategic-level intelligence operations. He served in important positions at the component, joint, and combined levels and commanded at every level from platoon through brigade. He was the Executive Assistant to the Army’s Senior Intelligence Officer, served as an Army Major Command Chief of Staff, and became the first non-general-officer to serve as Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM).

During his last five years in the Army, he contributed to numerous endeavors that helped Army Intelligence make the transition from a single-threat force to a lean combat force ready to meet any threat. His contributions include—


Mr. William L. Parkinson (Deceased)

William Parkinson devoted his entire career to HUMINT activities; he retired from the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel. During the early days in post-World War II Germany, he was a staff manager in the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corps (CIC) Headquarters. In that role, Mr. Parkinson produced outstanding results concurrently as a counterintelligence (CI) research analyst and estimates officer and as a field operations manager in two critical CI  target areas: subversive residual right radicalism in West Germany and the development of the national security structure in the redeveloping West German Government. In 1948, he left active duty to accept civilian employment with Headquarters, 970th CIC Detachment.

Until his departure from Germany in 1956, Mr. Parkinson was the recognized U.S. MI authority on the new West German Defense Ministry and the newly established West German intelligence and security agencies. His reports and analyses in these fields were a basis for U.S. military and political policy. Concurrently, he personally managed U.S. Army CI liaison and cooperation with these German agencies at all levels. Army CI liaison officers working directly with West German CI and security offices relied heavily on Mr. Parkinson’s guidance and counsel in assisting the post-war development of these activities.

Mr. Parkinson was an important figure in the successful development and implementation of what was then a new and unusual Army civilian personnel career management program for Army HUMINT and CI personnel, the Military Intelligence Civilian Excepted-Service Career Program (MICEP). He ensured that operational mission requirements had high priority in development and execution of the MICEP. At that time, civilian career managers strongly resisted changes required to meet the unique needs of intelligence organizations. Over the years, the program has received high praise. To this day, the MICEP remains a viable career option for HUMINT specialists.

During his tenure in CI analysis at Headquarters, Department of the Army (DA), Mr. Parkinson required the highest quality analytical reports and estimates from his subordinates. Additionally, he was uniquely talented in mentoring and helping to develop especially promising junior military and civilian personnel; he was as productive in mentoring and developing less experienced HUMINT and CI personnel during his extended assignment in Southeast Asia in the 1970s.


Lieutenant Colonel Robert V. Taylor (Retired)

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Robert Taylor worked as an imagery analyst under the operational control of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) at the National Photographic Interpretation Center (NPIC) in Washington, D.C. He was a member of a team of imagery interpreters who located and reported the presence of Soviet offensive missiles in Cuba to the National Command Authority, thus permitting President John F. Kennedy to pressure the Soviets and cause them to withdraw the missiles.

Later, in Southeast Asia, his team was first to discover the North Vietnamese efforts to construct a road network that extended from North Vietnam through Laos and Cambodia to the border regions of South Vietnam. This road network was the “Ho Chi Minh Trail.” This data provided vital targeting information to the U.S. Air Force.

LTC Taylor’s duty at NPIC, coupled with the knowledge he had acquired about national imagery systems, made him the first Army officer to realize the potential of national collection systems to satisfy tactical commanders’ requirements. During subsequent assignments in Vietnam and in Europe, he began his long crusade, eventually ensuring that products from national collection systems were available to tactical commanders. A pioneer in this effort, he helped the Army leadership understand how timely imagery and data from national systems could be made available to tactical commanders.

Assigned to the Combat Developments Command–Intelligence Agency, Fort Huachuca in 1971, he retired the following year, and returned as a DA civilian in 1973. He devoted the remainder of his government service toward fulfilling and advancing  products from national imagery systems. He was the author of Army Tactical Reconnaissance Needs for National-Level Reconnaissance Products and the system interfaces to provide these products to the tactical users. The systems that he designed served our nation during Operation DESERT STORM.


Colonel Harold W. Vorhies (Retired)

Colonel Harold Vorhies entered military service in 1953. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant, he served nine years with the Quartermaster Corps and the Field Artillery. Assignment with the U.S. Army Security Agency (USASA) led to his spending the remainder of his thirty years of service in the MI Corps.

Early in his career, he was instrumental in the development and implementation of a new system of inventory management, equipment requirements, and budget computation which saved USASA an estimated $6 million. As a logistics expert for the Department of Defense, he directed a high-priority airborne SIGINT and electronic warfare system; his efforts contributed to the successful fielding of one of the Army’s earliest EW airborne systems in Southeast Asia.

While assigned to J2, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, his initiatives as the Chief, Documents Branch, and the Director, U.S. Element Combined Document Exploitation Center resulted in major improvements in collec- tion, production, and dissemination of information which provided MI valuable lessons. His actions earned him the Republic of Korea Order of Military Merit (In Hun) from Korea’s President, Park Jung Hee, and the Staff Service Honor Medal from the Republic of Vietnam.

Later, Colonel Vorhies served in command and staff assignments at USASA and INSCOM, to include Commander, Arlington Hall Station, Virginia, and Commander, 504th ASA Group. Between these two command assignments, Colonel Vorhies also served as Assis- tant Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, and Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations. In 1978, he moved to the National Security Agency, where he served successively as Deputy Chief NSA/Central Security Service–Europe (1978 to 1982), and at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, as Program Manager for a special project related to improving SIGINT support to tactical commanders (1982 through 1983). Colonel Vorhies was a leader in the formalization and maturation of today’s MI structure. Serving throughout the Cold War and numerous crises, he consistently contributed to the successful accomplishment of the MI mission.


Colonel Charles D. Young (Deceased)

Colonel Charles Young was an African-American cavalry officer who held important intelligence assignments in the early years of the 20th century. He was the third black to graduate from West Point, and the only one to endure the racial injustice of the times and still made the Army his career. He did not receive the respect afforded to other officers because of his skin color. Junior officers refused to salute him and bigots taunted him. Colonel Young overcame this open hatred and disrespect by mastering his profession and leading by example. He did not become a leader by virtue of his commission in the U.S. Army—he earned it by working harder than any other officer and by displaying courage and intelligence in combat.

As a Major, Charles Young led the 2d Squadron, 10th Cavalry, in a pistol charge at Agua Caliente, which scattered Poncho Villa’s forces led by General Beltran. Later in that campaign, Colonel Young rode with his squadron to relieve the 13th U.S. Cavalry besieged by Mexican forces.

He was an accomplished linguist and, when he was not serving with one of the Black Regiments, he worked in intelligence. He was one of the early military attachés, making extended reconnaissance mis- sions into Haiti and Santo Domingo. He reported for duty in 1907 to the War Department’s 2d Division; this was the name given to the section of the new general staff responsible for collecting and disseminating MI. He served on two more occasions as a military attaché in additional tours to Liberia.

Forced to retire due to a disability on the brink of World War I, he demonstrated his fitness for further duty. Colonel Young rode on horseback from Wilberforce, Ohio, to Washington, D.C., where he offered his services to the war effort, in his words “gladly at the risk of life, which has no value to me if I cannot give it for the great ends for which the United States is striving.” The War Department did not accept his offer; instead, he again went on attaché duties to Liberia, where he died of fever in January 1922.