AG Hall of Fame inducts Hawaii’s Ono

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Bob Ortiz
U.S. Army Adjutant General School

OnoFORT JACKSON, S.C. — Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Allen Ono, chair of the U.S. Army Retiree Council-Hawaii, along with 10 other top Army personnel and human resources leaders, were honored in a ceremony that marked the first inductees into the Adjutant General’s Corps Hall of Fame, here, June 11.

Ono, who was raised in and currently resides in Hawaii, was the Army’s first three-star Japanese-American and AG officer.

“It’s a high honor, and I’m very appreciative being in the first group to be recognized,” Ono said about being inducted to the Hall of Fame.

Ono is credited with marketing the Army to the general public, in order to attract quality recruits. He also led the effort to develop stringent recruiting eligibility criteria.

“These men were visionaries,” said Col. Robert Manning, chief, Adjutant General’s Corps, when speaking about the inductees. 

“They were direct players in many landmark personnel and human resource programs, policies, prophecies, and operating systems … that have helped support literally millions of Soldiers.

“As tomorrow’s adjutant generals leaders walk the hallowed halls of the Adjutant General School, in their quest to become more knowledgeable leaders and professionals, they will be able to see and read firsthand how we arrived at this point in our corps’ history,” Manning said.

Memorials honoring the inductees’ contributions to the Army and the AG Corps will remain on permanent display in the AG Corps Hall of Fame within the AG School.

Also hanging in the Hall of Fame is “New Dawn,” a framed print depicting the Pentagon the day after the 9-11 terrorist attacks. 

Teri Maude, widow of Lt. Gen. Timothy Maude, presented the print.

Maude’s husband was killed in action Sept. 11, 2001, during the terrorist attack on the Pentagon, while serving as the Department of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. 

He was the first to be inducted at the ceremony, June 11.

The Hall of Fame opening was part of the AG Corps Regimental Days, held June 10-11.

In addition to Ono, the following AG Corps Soldiers and civilian (in rank order) were inducted into the Hall of Fame as members of the Inaugural Class of 2010:

  • Lt. Gen. Timothy Maude is credited for the concept of an electronic “paperless” Army and for executing the “Army of One” recruiting campaign.
  • Sgt. Maj. Larry Strickland was serving as the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel sergeant major when he was killed during the 9-11 attack. Strickland was known for his efforts in expanding education to all Soldiers and believing that “if you educate the NCO, you educate the Soldiers they lead.”
  • Lt. Gen. Frederick Vollrath provided the leadership and management for the Army’s enlisted force buildup to support Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
  • Maj. Gen. Ronald Brooks relocated the Soldier Support Center from Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., to its current location at Fort Jackson, S.C. He also served as honorary colonel of the Regiment from 1999 to 2008.
  • Maj. Gen. William Gourley in 1983 established personnel policies for physical profile management and enlisted reclassification. He served as honorary colonel of the Regiment and regimental colonel emeritus from 1990 until his death in 2008.
  • Maj. Gen. Robert Joyce created and was the first to command both the now inactivated 1st Personnel Command, U.S. Army-Europe; and the U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center.
  • Maj. Gen. Jack Wheeler developed and initiated the Enlisted Distribution Assignment System, a real-time automated system that supports the management of the active component enlisted force, still used today.
  • Col. Frank Foster Jr. is considered the founding father of the AG Corps “Regiment” in 1987. He also activated the AG Corps Regimental Association.
  • Chief Warrant Officer 5 Antonio Eclavea was the first in the AG Corps to be promoted to chief warrant officer five.
  • John Dinnien served as an Army civilian employee for 50 years and established the USAREUR AG Liaison Office in Heidelberg, Germany, and its counterpart in Alexandria, Va.

(Editor’s Note: Stephanie Rush, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs also contributed to the article, which originally appeared in the June 17 issue of the Fort Jackson Leader. Visit www.army.mil/info/organization/jackson/ for the original article.) 

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