U.S. Army Ordnance Corps
Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees
Command Sergeant Major Jerry F. Eller
Jerry F. Eller was born on August 26, 1941 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina and enlisted into the Army on October 22, 1958. After his initial training and assignment as a Cannoneer, he switched to maintenance where he remained for his Army career. In 1965, SGM Elller assumed his first leadership position as a Company Motor Sergeant in the 2nd Armored Division. This marked the beginning of a twenty-five year journey that saw him serve in every leadership position in the Army from Squad Leader through Command Sergeant Major, a leadership career which included two tours in Vietnam.
In 1975 and 1976, while assigned to the 15th Ordnance Battalion in Germany, Eller was also instrumental in the establishment and operation of a Total Army Rebuild Program (T.A.R.P.) for the M-127 Trailer. The M-127 trailer was used widely throughout Europe to transport supplies from depots to all units within the V Corp area of operation.
While assigned to the 169th Maintenance Battalion at Fort Hood, Texas, Eller also played a key role in developing the concept of rapidly refueling the division’s combat equipment. The Refuel on the Move (ROM) operation allowed the division to arrive at the battle location more quickly and engage the enemy longer.
In 1984, CSM Eller culminated his career as the Command Sergeant Major for the Division Support Command for the 1st Cavalry Division. One of the initial changes was the design and implementation of Forward Area Support Teams (FAST). The FAST deployed forward with the maneuver brigade, providing on-the-spot maintenance support. It was a combat multiplier which greatly enhanced the overall combat power of the division.
Mrs. Isabelle Hansen
Ms. Isabelle Hansen began her Army civilian service career as a GS-1 clerk in 1945 at the Engineer Depot in Granite City, Illinois. After a six year break, Ms. Hanson returned to the civilian service in 1951 as a typist for the Ordnance Department Procurement Branch at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. Two years later, she began earning promotions within the procurement field. By 1976, she had become the first female employee to reach the GS-15 career level at the U.S. Army Armament Command (ARMCOM).
In August 1980, Ms. Hansen was promoted to the Senior Executive Service (SES) position of Deputy for Procurement and Production, U.S. Army Armament Materiel Readiness Command (ARRCOM) (later, U.S. Army Armament Munitions and Chemical Command (AMCCOM)), Rock Island, Illinois, until her retirement on 3 May 1985.
Ms. Hansen was the first woman within the Materiel Development and Readiness Command (DARCOM) (now-Army Materiel Command) to be selected to the Senior Executive Service (SES) ranks. At that time, she was one of only four women selected to serve as an SES member within the Department of the Army. Her career in acquisition management spanned 35 years in a variety of staff and “hands on” procurement assignments.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Hanson earned numerous recognitions, awards and honors. Among them, she received the Exceptional and Meritorious Civilian Service Awards, the Army’s two highest civilian awards. She was awarded the American Defense Preparedness Association Silver Medal in 1985. She was also selected as a Fellow in the National Contract Management Association, in recognition for her outstanding contributions to the field of contract management.
Lieutenant General Davis S. Weisman
LTG David S. Weisman retired from the Army in 2001 with more than 34 years of service, beginning as a private in the infantry and culminating as a Lieutenant General. His Army career included four combat tours, three in Vietnam and one in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
A native of Poughkeepsie, New York, David S. Weisman was born on March 15, 1946, and enlisted in the U.S. Army after completing high school. Selected to attend Officer Candidate School, he earned his commission as an infantry second lieutenant on November 6, 1967.
Following command of the Third Brigade, 2nd Armored Division which he led during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, he served in several key staff assignments in Europe, ultimately becoming Secretary to the General Staff, Land Forces Central Europe. He returned to the U.S. as the Assistant Division Commander of the 24th Infantry Division.
Following his assignment with the 24th ID, he held several important senior staff positions in the Pentagon, including Deputy Director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy Directorate, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, U.S. Army; Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs, J5 of the Joint Staff; and Vice Director, J5 of the Joint Staff. His last active-duty position was the U.S. military representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Military Committee.
Weisman was appointed as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Virginia (South) in October of 2004. LTG Weisman played an active role in the massive Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process that brought the Ordnance Corps to its new home at Fort Lee.
Major General Robert M. Radin
MG Robert M. Radin was born on August 6, 1954 in North Plainfield, New Jersey and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1976. MG Radin provided logistics support during Operations Urgent Fury, Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn.
For the last ten years of his career, MG Radin’s assignments focused on logistical support to the operational warfighter. Following his assignment as Chief of J-4 Operations at United States Central Command beginning in 2001, he served as Commanding General of Joint Munitions Command with duty as Commanding General, for Army Materiel Command Forward – Southwest Asia, C-4, Coalition Forces Land Component Command, Kuwait from 2003 to 2005. Next, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics and Operations for the U.S. Army Materiel Command.
In 2007, he was selected to be the Commanding General of United States Army Sustainment Command. During his tenure, Army Sustainment Command earned its reputation as Army Materiel Command's "single face to the Soldier" by establishing add-on armor installation sites throughout Iraq and Afghanistan, creating in-theater refurbishment centers, receiving and issuing over 11,000 MRAPs and 330 SPARK Mine Rollers, adding ballistic protection to over 1,500 fuel tankers, up-armoring over 9,000 vehicles, maintaining an over 95% readiness rate, repairing/issuing Theater Sustainment Stocks, and managing the property accountability of all Theater Provided Equipment.
Following this assignment, his 35-year career culminated as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, United States Army from 2009 to 2011.
Brigadier General Steven M. Anderson
BG Anderson was born on August 6, 1956 in Elmhurst, Illinois. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1978 and selected Ordnance as his branch of service.
Following command of the Division Support Command for the 2nd Infantry Division and duty as Executive Officer to the Deputy Commander of Army Materiel Command and the Army G-4, BG Anderson became the senior U.S. logistician in Korea (Deputy C-4 for the United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command and J4, United States Forces Korea) and spearheaded the development of Camp Humphreys, the new combined and U.S. headquarters facility in central Korea.
In 2006, Brigadier General Anderson served as the Multi-National Forces – Iraq, Director of Sustainment and Resources (MNF-I C4) of a 32-nation coalition conducting warfighting in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. BG Anderson led a multi-national coalition planning effort to expand logistics capabilities and infrastructure in support of the 5-brigade surge in early 2007, to include logistical, medical, personnel, and financial management (over $20B annually), and successfully enabled an additional 50K troops to deploy flawlessly into the Iraq theater and enable them to execute their missions without fail.
BG Anderson culminated his Army career in 2008 as the Director, Operations and Logistics Readiness, G43, on the Army staff at the Pentagon. He led a staff responsible for all Army logistics readiness reporting, served as Army lead for resourcing and policy regarding weapon systems sustainment, war reserve stocks, expeditionary housing, and ran the Army’s Logistics Operations Center - a 24 hour/7 days-a-week operations center located in Pentagon.
Chief Warrant Officer Five James A. Jackson
CW5 James A. Jackson was born in Greenback, Tennessee on January 21, 1946. In October 1964 he voluntarily enlisted in the United States Army and completed Basic Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia. He was then assigned to the 504th Signal Company in Mannheim, Germany where he served as a Field Radio Repairman. In October 1980, Sergeant First Class Jackson received a direct appointment to Warrant Officer One as an Electronics Communication Technician and was assigned to the 327th Signal Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
From 2000 to 2003, Jackson was assigned to the United States Army Ordnance Munitions and Electronics Maintenance School (OMEMS), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama where he served in positions as the Chief of Administration and Operations Division and Chief, Warrant Officer Training Division. Jackson supervised the training of the Ordnance Corps annual course load for the Warrant Officer Basic Course for Ammunition Technicians, Electronic Systems Maintenance Technicians and Electronic Missile Maintenance Technicians and served as the Warrant Officer Senior training Advisor to the Director of Instruction and the brigade commander and staff.
CW5 Jackson culminated his career with his assignment to the 5th Signal Command’s G4 Support Operations Division to support highly sensitive missions directed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and US Army Europe.
CW5 James Jackson retired in 2008 after serving over 43 years of continuous federal active service. He was the longest serving 918E Communications and Electronics Maintenance Technician in the history of the Army.
Chief Warrant Officer Five Mickle C. Mitchell
CW5 Mickle C. Mitchell was born in Columbus, Georgia on August 8, 1951. He joined the Army in July 1970 through basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Rucker, Alabama. After serving as a Flight Engineer on UH-1 helicopters in Vietnam, he transferred to the Ordnance Branch. After serving as a Helicopter Mechanic, Wheel Vehicle Mechanic, and Senior Maintenance Sergeant, he became a Warrant Officer on February 3, 1986.
From June 1997 to April 2000, CW5 Mitchell was the Operations Officer and Small Group Leader with the 61st Ordnance Brigade, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. As a Small Group Leader/Instructor/Writer for the Warrant Officer Basic Course, CW5 Mitchell administered professional and leadership development programs that emphasized logistics management, supervisory skills, technical maintenance and repair competence. He was responsible for administering training programs to more than 1,600 Officers, 2,600 Warrant Officers, and 5,100 Non-Commissioned Officers.
From April 2000 to December 2001, CW5 Mitchell was the Battalion Maintenance Technician for the 1st Battalion, 72nd Artillery Regiment in Korea. He organized and executed scheduled and unscheduled maintenance for 58 M1A1 tanks, 134 light tracked and wheeled vehicles and 30 pieces of auxiliary equipment.
From 2002 until his retirement in 2007, CW5 Mitchell served as a Senior Training Developer at the Combine Arms Support Command (CASCOM) at Fort Lee, Virginia. As a member of the CASCOM Training Directorate, CW5 Mitchell developed and validated Programs of Instruction (POI) that trained over 2,500 Officers, 3,000 Warrant Officers 15,000 Non-Commissioned Officers and 18,000 Enlisted Soldiers.
In recognition of his contributions to the Army, he has been awarded the General Brehon B. Somervell Medal of Excellence.
Chief Warrant Officer Five Bernard L. Satterfield
CW5 Bernard (Bernie) Lawrence Satterfield was born on January 4, 1954 in Reidsville, North Carolina and enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 1973. After Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, he began his Army career as a wheel vehicle mechanic in Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 63B with the 519th Military Intelligence Battalion. Because of his demonstrated abilities in leadership, managerial skills, and technical capabilities, he became an Ordnance Warrant Officer on August 29, 1984.
In his 40-year career, CW5 Satterfield garnered a wide breadth of maintenance experience and leadership. His expertise contributed to Army operations in Korea, Panama, Germany, Bosnia, and the Middle East; supporting a multitude of operations; including, Operation Just Cause, Operation Joint Guard, Operation Southern Watch, and Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
CW5 Satterfield culminated his Army career as the 7th Regimental Chief Warrant Officer and had the distinct honor of mentoring thousands of Ordnance Warrant Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers applying to become an Ordnance Warrant Officers. During his tenure, accession requirements were meet for all Ordnance Warrant Officer MOSs for FY 2011 the Active Army Component. This was accomplished by aggressive campaigning through his visits to camps, posts, and stations meeting face-to-face with Ordnance Warrant Officers and prospective Non-Commissioned Officers. In addition, CW5 Satterfield contributed to the collaboration with the Army Reserve and Army National Guard by connecting with the Command Chief Warrant Officers in the states and regions across the United States.
Command Sergeant Major Anthony T. Aubain
CSM Anthony T. Aubain was born in 1959 and grew up in the Virgin Islands. He joined the Army in 1976 and completed Basic Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Initially, he served as a Special Operations Soldier until 1995 when he switched to the Ordnance Branch in pursuit of leadership opportunities.
CSM Aubain became the 8th Ordnance Corps Regimental Command Sergeant Major in December 2003. In addition to advising the Chief of Ordnance on the health and welfare of the Non-Commissioned and Enlisted Ordnance Soldiers, he instituted the Operation Iraqi Freedom Tactical Lessons Learned in Non-Commissioned Officer Academies and developed and implemented the first Warrior Training Center in TRADOC, for which he was commended by the TRADOC Commanding General, Sergeant Major of the Army, and the 35th Chief of Staff of the Army.
As the Command Sergeant Major for the Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, Virginia, he was the Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge for 3 consecutive Army level competitions for the Department of the Army Soldier of the Year and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year (Best Warrior) as the first NCO to lead and run the Department level competition at Fort Lee.
As the Command Sergeant Major to the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4 Headquarters, Department of the Army and advisor to the Sergeant Major of the Army, he ensured the effective integration and coordination of Army policy, plans, and decisions across the Title 10 responsibility of the Army. He led the effort to ensure the Army G-4 continued to function at the highest level of proficiency during a critical time of leadership transition and the restructuring within the Army G-4.
Command Sergeant Major Thomas A. Lettis
CSM Thomas A. Lettis was born on September 21, 1962 in Little Falls, New York. After graduating from Regents College, Tom Lettis enlisted in the United States Army in 1985 and attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, with follow-on Advance Individual Training in the 27B Military Occupational Specialty (Land Combat Support Systems Test Specialist) at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.
CSM Lettis quickly rose through the enlisted and Non-Commissioned Officer ranks with service in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Joint Endeavor.
As First Sergeant of B Company, 832nd Ordnance Battalion at Redstone from 2000 to 2003, CSM Lettis oversaw the Advanced Individual Training mission that trained 8 different MOS’s. During his tenure as First Sergeant of Bravo Company, his soldiers won 24 Battalion Soldier of the Month Boards, 13 Brigade, and 8 Post Soldiers of the Quarter boards, culminating with one soldier winning Department of the Army Soldier of the Year. CSM Lettis received the Ordnance Order of Samuel Sharpe for his outstanding efforts as a First Sergeant.
In 2003, upon graduation from the Sergeants Major Academy in the top 10% of his class, CSM Lettis was assigned to III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas. From there he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Combined Joint Task Force - Kuwait Command Sergeant Major. In 2004, he became the Command Sergeant Major of the 73rd Ordnance Battalion, Fort Gordon, Georgia. He oversaw the Advanced Individual Training mission that trained 12 different MOS’s and was directly responsible for the training, supervision, and professional development of 1,200 Soldiers.
Command Sergeant Major Ivory Whitaker, Jr.
CSM Ivory Whitaker, Jr. was born on January 10, 1948 in Albany, Georgia. He joined the Army on June 9, 1965 and attended Basic and Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
After three years as an infantryman with a combat tour in Vietnam, he chose to pursue a career in Aviation Maintenance as a 35K, Avionics Mechanic and 35P, Avionics Equipment Maintenance Supervisor. From 1968 to 1975 he served in various positions in avionics repair at Fort Gordon and Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia.
In 1975, he was one of 12 African-American Soldiers selected to attend training in the nuclear weapons field as a 35F, Nuclear Weapons Electronics Specialist, and later, he transferred to become a 55G, Nuclear Weapons Specialist.
In 1986, he began a string of senior leadership positions. Following duty as the pioneer First Sergeant for the 529th Ordnance Company, he was assigned as the Assistant Commandant at the US Army Ordnance Munitions and Electronics Maintenance School’s (OMEMS) Noncommissioned Officer Academy. Next, he served as the Command Sergeant Major of the 70th Ordnance Battalion where he participated in Operation Desert Storm, and the Command Sergeant Major of the 6th Ordnance Battalion in Korea.
CSM Whitaker culminated his Army career with two important leadership assignments at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. First, he served as the Command Sergeant Major of the 832nd Ordnance Battalion directing the training of Ordnance Corps Soldiers at the very beginning of their Army careers. Finally, he served as the Commandant of the Noncommissioned Officer Academy from 1993 to 1995.
Dr. Joseph A. Lannon
Dr. Joseph A. Lannon was born on May 22, 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating from St. Joseph’s University with a B.S in Chemistry, he completed his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania in 1966. He began his career in Ordnance the same year as a research chemist at Frankford Arsenal.
Throughout his 44-year career, Dr. Lannon was prolific in his research. He published over 40 articles in journals (including Journal of Chemical Physics, Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, Journal of Ballistics, Spectrochemic Acta, Combustion and Flame) and presented more than 100 times at scientific conferences.
Dr. Lannon became the Director for the Armament Research Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) in September 2005. He was responsible for managing over 3,600 people, 64 labs, 800 buildings, and a budget of $1B. Under Dr. Lannon’s guiding principles and his unyielding commitment to provide the Warfighter with the most innovative and safe armaments solutions, he built ARDEC into world-class workforce to execute and manage integrated life-cycle engineering processes required for the research, development, production, field support and demilitarization of munitions, weapons, fire control and associated items. These items represent over 90% of the Army's lethality capability.
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