Member of the Regiment biography for
(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 Paiges 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 magazines Chief
Information Officer of the Year for 1987; Armed Forces Communications- Electronics
Associations Distinguished Service Medal, 1988; Data Processing Management
Associations Distinguished Information Sciences Award; University of Maryland
Baltimore Countys Engineer of the Year and Black Engineer Lifetime Achievement
Award, 1995; Communications Week magazines Visionary Award of the Year
for 1996; AFCEAs David Sarnoff Award, 1996; and the Boy Scouts of Americas
Silver Beaver Award for Distinguished Service to Youth, 1997.
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Regimental Special Projects Officer
Paige, March 1987.