Member of the Regiment biography for
(Ret.) C. Lee Vannes (1999)
COL (Ret.) Lee Vannes retired from the Army in 1990
after serving 30 years, amassing a wealth of experience in command, control and
communications engineering, operations, maintenance and program management. That
experience includes 20 years in Special Operations Forces technical C3 operations,
maintenance and management, as well as direct sponsor interface on high-technology
programs in the U.S. government.
COL Vannes served as special assistant for C4 and director
of information systems (J-6) at U.S. Special Operations Command at the time of his
retirement. There he was senior C4 proponent for SOF commands worldwide and was
instrumental in leading SOF C4 research, development and acquisition initiatives from
strategic to tactical levels. He was also principal staff officer for information systems
to the Special Operations Commands commander in chief. COL Vannes was the senior SOF
communicator in Operation Just Cause in Panama as well.
While serving as Special Operations Commands J-6,
COL Vannes was one of the driving forces behind the Defense Departments and Joint
Chiefs of Staff effort to equip law-enforcement agencies with state-of-the-art, reliable
and secure low probability of intercept/low probability of detection communications and
intelligence systems. Other key joint assignments included director of C4 (J-6),
director of operations for Joint Communications Support Element, MacDill AFB, Fla.; and
U.S. Readiness Command J-6 operations.
COL Vannes also served as deputy director for architecture
in the Armys Office of the Director of Information Systems, where he was responsible
for policy and standards in securing, integrating and interoperating the Armys
communications and automation systems. He also was technical adviser to U.S. European
Commands J-6 Directorate for the Partnership for Peaces program Combined
Endeavor, which focuses on successfully integrating Partnership for Peace
participants C4I equipment with their North Atlantic Treaty Organization
COL Vannes has also held key command and staff positions
in the Pacific, Europe and continental United States. He commanded tactical Signal units
in Vietnam; a company and battalion in 82d Airborne Division in the United States; and 93d
Signal Brigade in Europe. In addition to key staff positions outlined above, he also
served as inspector general for U.S. Army Strategic Communications Command, Pacific.
His awards and decorations include Defense Superior
Service Medal, three awards of Legion of Merit, three Bronze Stars and three Air Medals.
He received the Signal Corps Regimental Associations Bronze and Silver Order of
Mercury Awards in 1990. The Signal Regiment inducted him as a Distinguished Member in
Now the program technical director of Booz-Allen and
Hamiltons joint and Special Operations Forces command, control, communications,
computers and intelligence programs, he contributes to several high-priority Army and CinC
C4I advanced prototype technology enhancements and interoperability initiatives.
Civilian-sector awards include the Armed Forces Communications-Electronics
Associations Silver Medal for lifetime achievement in telecommunications within the
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