By Ms. Demetria Mosley (Fort Jackson Leader)June 9, 2016
Six new faces joined the gallery of portraits hanging in the Adjutant General's Corps Hall of Honors this week.
Their photos and biographies were unveiled in their permanent location June 3 during a ceremony at the Adjutant General School, an event that involved friends, Family members and colleagues of this year's inductees.
This year's additions to the school's Hall of Honors are: retired Maj. Gen. Arthur Dean; retired Maj. Gen. Reuben Jones; retired Col. Billy Orr; retired Col. David Tighe; retired Lt. Col. John Jackson, and retired Sgt. Maj. Thomas Gills.
"The force is with me. Without all the people who helped me, I wouldn't be here today," Orr told the audience during last week's event. "If I asked all of the people who helped me to join me on the stage, they all wouldn't fit."
AG Corps Hall of Fame inductees are selected by a board of current senior leaders in AG corps, and previously selected Hall of Fame inductees, which has about 50 members.
"We can't do very well without having great people on our team," said retired Maj. Gen. Reuben Jones. "The Hall of Fame is full of legends and I'm excited that I get to become one of them."
The mission of the AG Corps is to provide superior personnel support to the Soldiers, civilians and Families which make up the Army. They do this through providing HR services, coordinating personnel support and conducting HR planning and operations.
"The Corps is the foundation that helps build the strength of our Soldiers," said Col. Jack Usrey, chief of the Adjutant General's Corps. "We salute and thank (the Hall of Fame inductees) for the chapters you added to our legacy."
Maj. Gen. Arthur T. Dean
Dean's leadership includes 10 years in command while serving in units extending from company to brigade level. He served in every AG Corps functional area and every level of the Army. He served six years with the 82nd Airborne Division and earned the distinction of U.S. Army and Republic of Vietnam senior parachutist and an Army Ranger. His last senior AG positions include Commander,
U.S. Army 1st Recruiting Brigade, Director of Enlisted Personnel, U.S. Army Personnel Command, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel and Installation Management FORCOM, culminating as the Director of Military Personnel Management, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G1, in the Pentagon.
Maj. Gen. Reuben D. Jones
Jones commanded HR organizations from company to national level during his 34-year career. His most significant contributions include fielding the Automated Selection Board System, the one page Enlisted Records Brief, and the modernization of the Evaluation Report Process. His last senior AG positions include Deputy Commander, 8th Personnel Services Command, Eighth Army Korea,
Commander, Enlisted Records and Evaluation Command, 63rd Adjutant General of the Army culminating in his role as Commanding General, Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command.
Col. Billy J. Orr
Orr's 30-year career high points include serving as the S-1, 4/21st Infantry Battalion in the Republic of Vietnam, U.S. Army Military Personnel Center Staff Officer, Commander, 43d AG Reception Battalion, the initial G1 of the 1st Infantry Division, Commander, 5th Personnel Group, Chief of Enlisted Distribution, Total Army Personnel Command. His culminating role was as the Chief of Staff, Total Army Personnel Command from which he retired in 1999.
Col. David E. Tighe
Tighe's 31-year career high points include serving as assistant chief of staff, 1st Infantry Division, Commander, SHAPE Battalion, NATO, and Commander, 502nd Personnel Services Battalion, 4th Infantry Division. His culminating role was as Chief, Operational Army Branch and Chief, Readiness Division, Enlisted Personnel Directorate, HRC from which he retired in 2010. In this role, he
was vital in the successful implementation of force stabilization initiatives that resulted in the life cycle manning and modularization of 16 brigade combat teams, four Stryker Brigades, 16 Infantry Brigade Combat Teams and 10 Heavy Brigade Combat Teams.
Lt. Col. John J. Jackson
Jackson battled for the survival of the Corps in an era in which combat arms Soldiers had infiltrated billets that required HR expertise and passion. Drafted in 1963 with service in Vietnam, Jackson was promoted "on the spot" to specialist and directly commissioned from sergeant to second lieutenant, embracing ever opportunity to make the AG Corps relevant to the war fighter and a prominent
combat multiplier in the Army's arsenal. His career highpoints include service as the 3rd Infantry Division Postal Officer, AG Branch Chief, G-1 Adjutant General/Special Troops Battalion Commander, and 9th Infantry Division, culminating in his support to I Corps in the positions of Adjutant General, G-6 Officer, and Acting Chief of Staff.
Sgt. Maj. Thomas S. Gills
Gills' 30-year career high points include serving as Honorary Adjutant for the Corps foremost chapter, drill sergeant, drill sergeant leader, chief, enlisted promotions and senior enlisted advisor to the Afghan Army, and finalized his career as an AG Soldier, serving in the role of Deputy Chief of Staff, Army G-1 Sgt. Maj. Through his tenacious leadership and initiative the Army developed
the automated promotion point worksheet, which drastically eliminated thousands of HR man-hours expended through the manual calculation of promotion point scores and forever changed the Afghan Army through the creation of their own Non-Commissioned Officer and Soldier Creed, performance record system and significant monthly pay increase at reenlistment, which improved operational