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LTG (Ret.) Emmett Paige Jr. (1990)

LTG (Ret.) Emmett Paige holds several distinctions besides being a Distinguished Member of the Signal Regiment and an Honorary Colonel of the Regiment. He enlisted in the Army at age 16 in 1947, spent five years as a private and noncommissioned officer, then became a lieutenant through the Signal Corps’ officer candidate school in 1952. This high school dropout, after retiring from the Army, also holds the distinction of being a former assistant secretary of defense.

LTG Paige served in various Signal units over his 41-year career, including 40th and 41st Signal Construction Battalions and 9th Signal Battalion. During his time with 57th Signal Company, Yongsan, Korea, he was responsible for all fixed plant communications serving the United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea, and Eighth Army. During the Vietnam War, he commanded 361st Signal Battalion in Vietnam and 11th Signal Group at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. He served two tours with the Defense Communications Agency. He also commanded U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Engineering and Installation Agency at Fort Huachuca; U.S. Army Communications Systems Agency, Fort Monmouth, N.J.; U.S. Army Communications Research and Development Command, Fort Monmouth; U.S. Army Electronics Research and Development Command, Adelphi, Md.; and U.S. Army Information Systems Command, Fort Huachuca.

After he retired in 1988, LTG Paige became president and chief operating officer of OAO Corp., an aerospace and information systems company in Greenbelt, Md. However, his country "recalled" him as assistant secretary of defense for command, control, communications and intelligence in May 1993. He served in this position until May 1997, then returned to OAO Corp.

LTG Paige’s military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with oak-leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with two oak-leaf clusters, Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal. The Signal Regiment inducted him as a Distinguished Member in 1990, along with his appointment as Honorary Colonel of the Regiment. Civil-sector awards include Information Week magazine’s Chief Information Officer of the Year for 1987; Armed Forces Communications- Electronics Association’s Distinguished Service Medal, 1988; Data Processing Management Association’s Distinguished Information Sciences Award; University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Engineer of the Year and Black Engineer Lifetime Achievement Award, 1995; Communications Week magazine’s Visionary Award of the Year for 1996; AFCEA’s David Sarnoff Award, 1996; and the Boy Scouts of America’s Silver Beaver Award for Distinguished Service to Youth, 1997.

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LTG Emmett Paige
Paige, March 1987.

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