New distinguished members inducted into Regiment;
new honorary members appointed at symposium

by Lisa Alley

FORT GORDON, Ga. – Retired SGM Clyde Hyde and retired COL Lee Vannes were inducted as distinguished members of the Signal Regiment in a ceremony at the 27th Signal symposium. At the same ceremony, COL Bruce Bachus, MAJ Lance Lombardo and MAJ Alan Makowsky were appointed as the Regiment’s newest honorary members.

Distinguished members

When the Signal Corps became a Regiment in 1986, it instituted a program to recognize people who’ve made a special contribution and distinguished themselves in service to the Regiment. As Hyde was inducted to a standing ovation, he was noted as a "perfect example of those we honor. Throughout his military career and in retirement, he continues to educate both the military and civilian community on the principles of duty, honor, country."

Hyde served as the first enlisted commander of the advanced noncommissioned officers course 1985-88. Retired CSM Clyde HydeHe was instrumental in obtaining academic accreditation for the course. As division sergeant major and senior instructor for the Tactical Signal Operations Division, C Company, 447th Signal Battalion, Hyde was responsible for training 700 soldiers in two courses. He and his staff built or remodeled all Brems Barracks’ classrooms during Christmas Exodus one year. Hyde is a highly decorated veteran, mentor for young NCOs as well as high-school youth, and is active in community programs.

"There are certain days in an individual’s life they’ll always remember," Hyde said as he was inducted, "and I’ll remember this day."

Vannes also is a mentor – to the Regiment’s young officers – and also received a standing ovation as he was inducted. Vannes attained more than 30 years’ experience in command, control and communications Retired COL Lee Vannesin engineering, operations, maintenance and program management, with extensive experience in Special Operations Forces technical C3. In one of his key positions, he was responsible for the policy and standards to secure, integrate and interoperate Army communications and automation systems. In another top-level job, he was one of the driving forces behind the Defense Department and Joint Chiefs of Staff efforts to procure and equip law-enforcement agencies with state-of-the-art communications and intelligence systems.

"The Regiment is in far greater hands than when I raised my hand … today you have information warriors," Vannes said as he was inducted. "I’m convinced we won’t have an information Pearl Harbor because of the skills of today’s soldiers."

Honorary members

The honorary member of the Regiment program was created to recognize soldiers and civilians who’ve made a contribution or provided a service to the Signal Regiment but who aren’t official members of the Regiment. The three officers designated as the newest honorary members are Functional Area 53 officers.

Bachus is a single-track FA53 officer whose basic branch is infantry. He serves as the senior systems engineer in the Army’s deputy chief of staff for personnel, working Year 2000 issues for the Army. In 1990 and 1991, while serving as the FA53 personnel assignments officer in Personnel Command, he played a critical role in the Signal Regiment’s restructuring of FA53 and the Army Acquisition Corps. Bachus frequently initiates and supports personnel-policy changes to improve the health and welfare of all technical FAs.

Lombardo is also a single-track FA53, basic branch infantry, who is dual-hatted as the FA24 assignments officer and FA53 field-grade-assignments officer in PERSCOM. In this position, his leadership has been instrumental in implementing Officer Personnel Management System XXI for the Signal Regiment.

Makowsky is a dual-tracked FA 53 officer, with basic branch as adjutant general corps. While assigned to the Signal Center Computer Science School as chief of the officer-training division, he was instrumental in redesigning and upgrading the Systems Automation Course to more closely align FA 53 officer training with commercial-off-the-shelf technology. He’s now the FA 24/53 personnel-proponent manager in Office Chief of Signal and has led the effort to implement OPMS XXI for the Regiment.

Ms. Alley edits Army Communicator.

Acronym QuickScan
C3 – command, control and communications
FA – functional area
NCO – noncommissioned officer
OPMS – Officer Personnel Management System
PERSCOM – Personnel Command

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