Member of the Regiment biography for
(Ret.) Willie J. Battle (1998)
CW4 (Ret.) Willie Battle retired from the Army in 1990
after 30 years of service to the Signal Regiment and U.S. Army.
The native Georgian served first as a radio and teletype
operator, then he was appointed a warrant officer in 1972. His enlisted and warrant
officer assignments included senior control supervisor for the Command Control Center,
Headquarters Signal Group 22, U.S. Army Strategic Communications Command Europe; team
chief of integrated communications systems, Contract Management Agency-Vietnam; chief
instructor, Strategic Microwave Branch, Fort Monmouth, N.J.; communications-electronics
repair technician for 2d Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas; and
communications-electronics repair technician for 2d Infantry Division, Korea. He served,
after being selected by the U.S. State Department, as a member of a
communications-electronics team supporting the military forces of Somalia and later as
chief of the Maintenance and Calibration Branch of the Signal Centers Signal
Leadership Department. Chief Battle was among those selected by the Armys Chief of
Staff to evaluate communications-electronics maintenance teams throughout the world. His
final assignment was as chief of the warrant officer proponent section in Office Chief of
Signal, Fort Gordon, Ga.
Chief Battle was known for his physical fitness. An Army
physical fitness award, in fact, is named for him and goes to the Armys warrant
officer candidate who receives the highest score on the Army physical fitness test.
Chief Battle is also president and founder of the
nonprofit organization "Men Making a Difference." The organization works to
improve the quality of life spiritually, mentally and physically of youth and parents in
the Central Savannah River Area.
Some of Chief Battles awards and decorations are
Vietnam Service Medal with four campaign stars, Meritorious Service Medal with oak-leaf
cluster, Bronze Star medal, Silver Order of Mercury and Legion of Merit. He was inducted
as a Distinguished Member of the Regiment in 1998, along with his appointment as Honorary
Warrant Officer of the Regiment.
Battle in 1998.