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LTG (Ret.) Clarence E. McKnight (1990)

LTG (Ret.) Clarence "Mac" McKnight was inducted as Distinguished Member and appointed Honorary Colonel of the Regiment in 1990 for his 35 years of service to the Signal Regiment. LTG McKnight held a variety of command and staff positions, culminating in his last assignment as director of command, control and communications systems for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Other key assignments included commander, 5th Signal Command/deputy chief of staff for communications-electronics, U.S. Army Europe; commander/commandant, U.S. Army Signal Center and School; and commander, U.S. Army Communications Command.

LTG McKnight also commanded two Signal battalions in Vietnam on back-to-back assignments, followed by a third consecutive battalion command assignment – this time in Europe. He then became chief of the program management office at U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Engineering Agency, Fort Huachuca, Ariz. More commands followed with 22d Signal Group, U.S. Army Communications Command Europe, and 5th Signal Command. LTG McKnight also served as chief of staff, U.S. Army Communications Command, and assistant commandant for the Signal Center and School.

LTG McKnight’s awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal with oak-leaf cluster, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star medal with two oak-leaf clusters and Meritorious Service Medal with three oak-leaf clusters.

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LTG Clarence "Mac" McKnight
McKnight circa 1990.

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