by Lisa Alley and Susan Wood
Two retired officers and one of Signal�s foremost experts were inducted as the newest Distinguished Members of the Signal Regiment during the Signal symposium in November 2001 at the Signal Center.
Retired LTG Douglas Buchholz was a familiar face at the induction ceremony, since he served as Chief of Signal in the mid-1990s. Buchholz was inducted for consistently leading the Signal Regiment with vision, decisiveness and a true passion for the Regiment.
His career began in 1968 when he completed the Signal basic course and began serving in a variety of leadership positions. In 1971 he was assigned to the U.S. Army in Vietnam, where he commanded 510th Signal Company and 9th Signal Battalion soon after company command. In 1988 he took command of 3d Signal Brigade, where he was the first to field corps-level mobile-subscriber equipment.
In 1994 Buchholz assumed command of the Signal Center and Fort Gordon, Ga., simultaneously serving as Chief of Signal. This tenure was especially noteworthy, as it came during a time of uncertainty about the mission and role of the Signal Regiment and Fort Gordon. However, his dedication and leadership brought direction and stability during changing times. He re-energized and greatly expanded the role of the Regiment and Fort Gordon.
Buchholz�s last position on active duty was as director of the Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems Directorate (J-6), where he served as a trusted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Another DM inductee was Dr. Michael Gentry, Army Signal Command�s technical director and chief engineer, who was inducted for his accomplishments throughout a 30-year career. One of those accomplishments was developing and executing the strategy leading to the transition of U.S. Army Information Systems Command to ASC. Also, because of Gentry�s technical strategies, writings and leadership, the Department of the Army pursued open-systems, multivendor, commercial-off-the-shelf solutions for Army-wide interoperability and asset sharing. Gentry�s technical expertise resulted in quantum changes in implementing viable information dominance according to Joint Vision 2010 and Army Vision 2010.
Gentry has earned a sterling reputation as an expert in Department of Defense information-technology matters and is widely sought after as a consultant. He recently shared his expertise in an article on next-generation networks in Army Communicator�s Spring 2001 edition, as well as the Global Information Grid in this edition. As Chief of Signal MG John Cavanaugh said while inducting Gentry as a DM, he is �always pulling the Regiment forward.�
Retired COL Robert Snead, program manager for General Dynamics Corp.�s MSE resident school at Fort Gordon, completed a distinguished career as a Signal officer after serving more than 32 years. His major assignments were chief of the Presidential Support Office, Defense Communications Agency; command at all levels from platoon to brigade; president of the communications-electronics test board at Fort Gordon; and chief of staff for 7th Signal Command at Fort Ritchie, Md. During his active military service, he consistently set an example of high standards for all to emulate.
Soon after he retired, he became operations manager and then program manager for the MSE resident school. He is involved in local-community activities that focus on serving Signal soldiers and their families. For instance, he has served four consecutive terms as president of the Greater Augusta-Fort Gordon Chapter of the Association of the United States Army. He served two years as Georgia�s AUSA president and was selected as the Third Region�s AUSA executive vice president. He has also served for the past 12 years as a member of the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce military-affairs committee and was selected by Georgia�s governor to serve on his military advisory council. Snead is also a charter member of the Signal Corps Regimental Association and a key supporter of its activities.
�I accept [induction as Distinguished Member] with humility, knowing there are more deserving people sitting in the audience,� Snead remarked as he was inducted.
The Distinguished Member of the Regiment program was instituted when the Regiment was activated in 1986. The program recognizes people who make special contributions and distinguish themselves in service to the Regiment. DM positions are designed not only to recognize people whose service is most notable, but also to promote and enhance the Regiment�s history and traditions and to foster cohesion among its members.
Ms. Alley has edited Army Communicator since June 1995. Previous positions include editor of The Sheppard Senator, Sheppard AFB, Texas; and editor of the award-winning post newspaper Panorama, 7th Infantry Division (Light) and Fort Ord, Fort Ord, Calif. A former soldier, she has also served as a military and civilian reporter, accumulating about 25 years� total experience in journalism and Army public affairs. She has served as a Keith L. Ware (the Army journalism awards) judge and the U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon web manager.
Wood has been chief of the Regimental Division, Office Chief of Signal, at Fort
Gordon since May 1993. Part of her responsibilities include the Distinguished
Member of the Regiment program, among other Regimental awards and recognition
programs. She also serves on the board of the local Armed Forces
Communications-Electronics Association chapter and is the Chief of Signal's
liaison to the national Signal Corps Regimental Association.
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