Member of the Regiment biography for
(Ret.) Joseph L. Durbin Jr. (1995)
MW4 (Ret.) Joseph Durbin holds the distinction of
being an Honorary Warrant Officer of the Regiment as well as a Distinguished Member, and
one of the few who held the rank of master warrant officer during its short-lived time.
Chief Durbin began his military career in an Army Reserve unit, later transferring to the
National Guard. He joined the active Army in 1961. Chief Durbins active service
ranged from flying helicopters in Vietnam, installing communications equipment in
Indonesia and assisting the government of the Philippines in installing, operating and
maintaining its defense communications system.
Chief Durbin also held several key academic posts. He was
chief instructor in the communications department at the Armys armor school at Fort
Knox, Ky. He commanded two technical training facilities in Germany and at Fort Huachuca,
Ariz. He also served as an assistant professor of military science at Western Kentucky
Chief Durbin also served as a platoon, detachment and
company commander; as a staff officer at special, battalion, brigade, corps and MACOM
levels; and on the American Embassy staff.
Chief Durbins career honors included more than 45
military awards and decorations, the Signal Corps Regimental Associations Silver
Order of Mercury and distinguished member of the faculty at the armor school. He was
inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Signal Regiment in 1995, along with his
appointment as Honorary Warrant Officer of the Regiment.
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Durbin as former Honorary Warrant
Officer of the Regiment.