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COL (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 Command’s commander in chief. COL Vannes was the senior SOF communicator in Operation Just Cause in Panama as well.

While serving as Special Operations Command’s J-6, COL Vannes was one of the driving forces behind the Defense Department’s 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), SOTFE; 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 Army’s Office of the Director of Information Systems, where he was responsible for policy and standards in securing, integrating and interoperating the Army’s communications and automation systems. He also was technical adviser to U.S. European Command’s J-6 Directorate for the Partnership for Peace’s program Combined Endeavor, which focuses on successfully integrating Partnership for Peace participants’ C4I equipment with their North Atlantic Treaty Organization counterparts.

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 Association’s Bronze and Silver Order of Mercury Awards in 1990. The Signal Regiment inducted him as a Distinguished Member in 1999.

Now the program technical director of Booz-Allen and Hamilton’s 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 Association’s Silver Medal for lifetime achievement in telecommunications within the Defense Department.

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COL (Ret.) C. Lee Vannes
Vannes circa 1990.

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