By Cursha Pierce-Lunderman, Fort Jackson LeaderJune 16, 2011
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- The Adjutant General Corps celebrated its second annual Regimental Week with a Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and unveiling of the first regimental print on Friday at the Soldier Support Institute Auditorium.
Seven officers were inducted for their roles in the progression of the branch. The inductees included: Maj. Gen. Kathryn Frost, Maj. Gen. William O’Lesky, Brig. Gen. Robert Dilworth, Brig. Gen. Earl Simms, Col. Gary Gresh, Col. Larry Monje and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Patrick McElroy.
All of the inductees are retired except for Frost and Dilworth, who were inducted posthumously.
The tradition of celebrating great contributions of AG officers began in 2010 with the opening of the Hall of Honor in the AG School. The hallway contains murals and plaques in celebration of corps history.
The newest artistic addition to the Hall of Honor was unveiled at Friday’s ceremony. Artist Mort Künstler painted the first Adjutant General Regimental print. The painting portrays Gen. George Washington on the shore of the Hudson River next to his adjutant general, Timothy Pickering.
“It showcases the long standing history of adjutants and their importance in military history,” Künstler said.
Col. Rob Manning, AG School commandant, spoke about how much the AG Corps has changed since the days of Washington.
“We are here today to honor those greats who have come before and who made AG the dynamic force that it is today,” Manning said. “It is important for AG to transcend unit boundaries to help meet the challenges of combat.”
Maj. Gen. Kathryn Frost, a former AAFES commander, was posthumously inducted at the ceremony. Her husband, Martin Frost, attended in her honor. Frost’s contributions to the corps consisted of her service as the adjutant general on Sept. 11, 2001, social aide to the White House for presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush and the highest ranking woman in the Army at the time of her retirement in 2006.
Frost succumbed to breast cancer after retirement.
As the daughter of a Marine, when asked why she joined the Army, Frost loved to say, “‘Because they were looking for a few good women,’” her husband said Friday.
Kathryn Frost, who took command of AAFES in 2002 just one month after breast cancer surgery, made it a priority that that troops in combat zones received exemplary customer service.
“She would tell you that the Burger King in Baghdad sold more whoppers than any BK in the States,” Martin Frost said.
Many of the inductees took time to share their personal stories of influential experiences and professional wisdom gathered during their careers. Simms addressed AG students on the importance of being a leader to Soldiers.
“Be proud to lead and be leaders. It requires for you to be morally straight and physically strong because your Soldiers are always watching you,” he said. “It is great to be an AG Soldier, it is even better to be an AG leader.”