FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Henry J. Slavico, Network Enterprise Center Information Systems Support and Services division chief here, retired Jan. 3, 2013, after more than 60 years of combined military and federal civilian service.
In recognition of his retirement, Slavico received the Order of Saint Maurice, from Col. (Ret.) John Mitchell, former Fort Benning garrison commander, for his service as an Army infantryman.
He also received the Army Signal Corp's Bronze Order of Mercury from Col. Maria Biank, commander, 93rd Signal Brigade, for his service as a Signaleer.
"Slavico's fingers were on the pulse of virtually all technological growth in the NEC and ultimately, Fort Benning, since his takeover of the DOIM [Department of Information Management] information center in the late 1980s," said Paul Yates, NEC director, Fort Benning. "Hanks responsibilities here at Fort Benning revolved around service to our customers and, in that regard, I don't think Fort Benning could have had a better, more focused person at the helm."
Mr. Slavico began his military service as an infantryman during the Korean War, left the Army after the war, entered the Air Force, and returned to the Army where he became an automation warrant officer.
In addition to the Korean War he served two tours of duty in Vietnam. Upon retiring from the Army, he entered Civil Service.
The Ft. Benning NEC and the 93rd Signal Brigade are part of 7th Signal Command (Theater).
The command installs, operates, and defends network and mission capabilities for Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational forces within the Western Hemisphere in support of Unified Land Operations. It also supports other national missions and contingency operations.