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LTG (Ret.) Otto J. Guenther (2002)

LTG Otto Guenther served the Signal Regiment 34 years, working in the Army's command, control, communications, computers and intelligence arena. He accrued more than 20 years' acquisition and procurement experience and became the Army's first chief information officer when Congress passed the Information and Technology Act in 1995.

LTG Guenther's other key assignments included Communications-Electronics Command and Fort Monmouth commander (1992-1995), Fort Monmouth, N.J.; program executive officer (1988-1992) for Communications Systems (responsible for the Army's tactical communications equipment); and project manager (1987-1988) for the Position Location and Reporting System/Tactical Information 1988) for the Position Location and Reporting System/Tactical Information Distribution System.

LTG Guenther was commissioned as a Signal officer in 1963. By 1965 he commanded Detachment B, U.S. Army Joint Support Command, Sharpsburg, Md., followed by command of Operations Company, Joint Support Command, Fort Ritchie, Md. After graduating from the infantry officer advanced course at Fort Benning, Ga., in 1967, he filled two staff positions in Alaska before being assigned to Vietnam: evaluation officer, Defense Communications Agency Alaska, Elmendorf AFB; and systems-implementation officer, also at DCAA. In Vietnam in 1969-1970, he served as communications maintenance officer and then chief of the Communications/Electronics Branch, G-4 (Logistics). He then served as assistant division Signal officer and executive officer in 121st Signal Battalion, Fort Riley, Kan. After receiving his master's degree in contracting in 1973 from Florida Institute of Technology, he was assigned to a series of jobs that were largely acquisition/procurement positions. First he was assistant chief, then chief, of Contract Operations Division, Defense Contract Administration Services Region, Defense Supply Agency, Burlingame, Calif. Then LTG Guenther served as personnel management officer, later chief, of Professional Development and Personnel Actions, Majors Division, Officer Personnel Management Directorate, Personnel Command. LTG Guenther then commanded 102d Signal Battalion in Europe until July 1980, when he was reassigned as chief of Telecommunications Division, 5th Signal Command.

Returning to the United States, he served as chief of Procurement Management Center and Fort Monmouth Procurement Division at CECOM before commanding the New York Defense Contract Administrative Services Region, Defense Supply Agency. In October 1985, LTG Guenther became director of Defense Acquisition Regulatory System, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Production and Logistics, in Washington, D.C. As 1987 ended, LTG Guenther returned to Fort Monmouth for three key assignments before closing his career as the DISC4.

After retiring from the Army in August 1997, LTG Guenther became general manager of Computer Associates International's Federal Systems Group, a $300 million operation providing information technology products and services to the federal market. Currently he serves as vice president and general manager of Tactical Systems Division, TRW Systems, where he oversees TRW's battlefield digitization, command-and-control and system-engineering activities for the U.S. Army.

LTG Guenther serves on the boards of directors for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association; Government Electronics and Information Technology Association; and the Military Communications Conference Board.

His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (oak-leaf cluster), Legion of Merit (oak-leaf cluster), Bronze Star medal (oak-leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (four oak-leaf clusters) and Joint Service Commendation Medal. Recognized for his work with industry, he has received awards such as the Government Computer News Hall of Fame, as well as several Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association recognition and support awards.

LTG Guenther was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Signal Regiment in 2002.

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