C5ISR Hall of Fame Class of 2024 memorialized in induction ceremony

By Maya GreenJuly 11, 2024

Five people stand on stage holding trophies.
Family members and inductees pose with trophies at Aberdeen Proving Ground’s C5ISR Hall of Fame induction ceremony in the Myer Auditorium June 27, 2024. (From left) Drew D’Angelo, son of the late inductee Andrew R. “Andy” D’Angelo; inductee Kathleen A. Batdorf; Marsha McAfee Bera-Morris, daughter of the late inductee Dr. Walter S. McAfee; and inductee Thomas J. Michelli. (Photo Credit: Sean Kief, CECOM PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — APG celebrated the C5ISR Hall of Fame Class of 2024 in the Myer Auditorium and virtually via Microsoft Teams June 27, 2024. C5ISR organization leaders, community officials, family members, and members of the APG workforce gathered to honor the contributions of the inductees. Each inductee is a first-class leader in their field and an inspiration to the community.

The C5ISR Hall of Fame recognizes and memorializes former members of the C5ISR community, which includes both Soldiers and civilians from the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command; Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground; U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command C5ISR Center; Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications – Tactical; Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors; and Network Cross-Functional Team who have made a significant and enduring contribution to the community and the U.S Army.

The event’s host, CECOM’s Deputy to the Commanding General Liz S. Miranda, opened with remarks.

“Events like this allow us to share and reflect upon this community’s distinguished past as well as look forward together,” Miranda said after thanking past and present inductees for their attendance. “We are privileged that our community has the vital mission of keeping Soldiers equipped with state-of-the-art C5ISR systems while simultaneously maintaining important enduring platforms.”

Miranda finished her remarks by speaking to the C5ISR workforce in the audience and watching online.

“It is all of our people, all of you, and your vast abilities dedicated to the mission of developing, modernizing, fielding, and sustaining the C5ISR technologies that ensure our warfighting force remains the best in the world,” she said.

Each inductee was formally honored for their contributions, receiving a trophy and plaque displayed on the C5ISR Hall of Fame wall.

Class of 2024 C5ISR Hall of Fame

Kathleen Batdorf served as the director of the Logistics, Engineering, and Operations Directorate within the CECOM Integrated Logistics Support Center before retiring with 40 years of government service. She reengineered U.S. Army Materiel Command’s business processes and organizational structure to ensure a robust organic industrial base for Force 2025. Batdorf was also a key player in ensuring CECOM’s success during the base realignment and closure move.

Mike Carter served as the ILSC associate director for operations from 2008 to 2011. Prior to that, he was both a CECOM logistics assistance representative master technician and a senior command representative. Carter is known for his willingness to deploy to combat environments in support of our warfighters and his monumental technical expertise.

Andy D’Angelo began his civilian career with CECOM at Fort Monmouth in 1965. He held multiple positions before being appointed to the Senior Executive Service. He retired as the program executive officer for IEW&S in 1993.

During his 42 years of service, Dr. Walter McAfee served in multiple positions including scientist, educator, chief, and director. Walter worked on the McNamara Line, sensor systems used to detect and track enemy forces during the Vietnam War. He spent decades of his life researching, mentoring, and innovating.

Tom Michelli served as the acting director of the U.S. Army Information Systems Management Activity/Program Manager Army Information Systems upon his retirement after 30 years of service. He spearheaded major projects, including the relocation of U.S. Southern Command headquarters and the Pentagon Renovation project, relocating and upgrading C5ISR assets in both locations.

To watch the induction ceremony, visit: https://dod.teams.microsoft.us/l/meetup-join/19%3adod%3ameeting_3f8eb656fa74488a9a0dd29b8f2aa024%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22fae6d70f-954b-4811-92b6-0530d6f84c43%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%225367987d-e4d5-4dc5-b5b6-6b7ef39f5fbc%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d.

To see photos from the ceremony, visit: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjBx6GH.