More than 30 retired generals and command sergeants major — all distinguished Armor and Infantry leaders of the past — are headed back to Fort Benning next week for the second Senior Maneuver Summit.
The group is scheduled to join about two dozen leaders from the Maneuver Center of Excellence for a session here Monday aimed at mapping out a direction for shaping the future Army, conference organizers said. A first gathering took place at Fort Benning last September.
“The basic purpose of this is to bring in all these senior leaders with experience and brief them on our major challenges and what the MCoE faces as we look to the future,” said Maj. Ron Sprang of the MCoE Commander’s Initiative Group. “They’ll give us their advice and feedback on how they have handled similar challenges over the years, so we can adjust our plan to make sure we are successful.”
He said the distinguished panel will provide insights on key strategic initiatives and objectives for the maneuver force. Major topics include the Brigade Combat Team 2020, the “Squad: Foundation of the Decisive Force” and squad investment strategy, future budget constraints and Fort Benning’s human dimension approach, which incorporates critical and creative thinking techniques.
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Input collected from former leaders at the Senior Maneuver Summit will be factored into potential solutions for the critical operational issues facing today’s Army, Sprang said.
“Outcomes of the facilitated discussions will identify a definitive way ahead for each of our strategic initiatives,” he said.
Senior Maneuver Summit attendees
The Army VIPs slated to attend Monday’s Senior Maneuver Summit at Fort Benning include:
Retired Gen. B.B. Bell — Served as Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf’s executive officer in the Gulf War as a colonel. He retired in August 2008 after stint as commander of U.S. Forces Korea, the Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command, and the United Nations Command.
Retired Gen. John Foss — Began his career as an enlisted Soldier in April 1950 before gaining commission from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point six years later. He completed two combat tours in Vietnam, including a stint as commander of the 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry. Retired as TRADOC commander in August 1991.
Retired Gen. Paul Gorman — Earned the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star Medal with “V” device for valor (three oak leaf clusters) in the course of a 34-year career. He retired in April 1985 after serving as commander in chief of U.S. Southern Command.
Retired Gen. Ronald Griffith — Led 1st Armored Division during the Gulf War and later served as Army vice chief of staff.
Retired Gen. William Hartzog — Served more than 35 years, retiring in October 1998 as TRADOC’s commanding general at Fort Monroe, Va.
Retired Gen. William Kernan — Entered Officer Candidate School as a staff sergeant and was commissioned an Infantry officer in November 1968. In September 2000, he assumed became the Supreme Allied Commander-Atlantic and commander in chief of U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va. The general retired from the Army on Dec. 1, 2002.
Retired Gen. Crosbie Saint — A Silver Star recipient for his service in Vietnam, Saint retired in August 1992 after more than 34 years on active duty. He’s a former commanding general of III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas; and also was commander in chief of U.S. Army Europe and the 7th Army.
Retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan — Served as the nation’s 32nd Army chief of staff from 1991 until his retirement four years later. He entered the service as an Armor officer in 1959.
Retired Lt. Gen. Frederic Brown — Recipient of Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star Medal with “V” device for valor (five oak leaf clusters) over three combat tours in Vietnam. His last position was commanding general of the 4th Army at Fort Sheridan, Ill. He retired in May 1989.
Retired Lt. Gen. Tom Fields — Served as Pacific Command’s deputy commander in chief and chief of staff from 1991 to 1994.
Retired Lt. Gen. David Grange Jr. — Commandant of the Infantry School from June 1979 to August 1981. Annual Best Ranger Competition is named after him.
Retired Lt. Gen. Thomas Metz — Served as commanding general of Multi-National Corps-Iraq from January 2004 to February 2005. The West Point graduate retired in January 2010 following stint as director of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization in Arlington, Va.
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Spigelmire — A former Fort Benning commanding general who served two tours in Vietnam. He also led U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., and VII Corps in Stuttgart, Germany. Retired in July 1992 before assuming position as deputy director of operations on The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.
Retired Maj. Gen. Carl Ernst — The former Fort Benning commanding general served in combat in Vietnam, Desert Storm and Somalia during a career spanning 35 years. He also was an assistant commander of the 82nd Airborne Division.
Retired Maj. Gen. Kenneth Leuer — Former Fort Benning commanding general and Ranger Hall of Fame member who spent 32 years in the Infantry. Served two tours in Vietnam, including stint as commander of 2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, when he participated in eight campaigns and more than 200 combat air assaults.
Retired Maj. Gen. Robert Scales Jr. — A Silver Star recipient for his service in Vietnam, Scales left active duty in November 2000. His last assignment came as commandant of the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
Retired Brig. Gen. Huba Wass de Czege — Served two combat tours in Vietnam, earning a Silver Star and Bronze Star Medal with two “V” devices for valor (four oak leaf clusters). His final duty position came as assistant commander of the 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Riley, Kan., in a career that stretched nearly 30 years.
Retired Col. Jack Pryor — A distinguished combat veteran, Pryor once oversaw U.S. drug-control policies in Latin America as director of counter-narcotics for Southern Command. He’s considered one of the Army’s pre-eminent trainers and was involved in the establishment of U.S. combat training centers for heavy maneuver, light Infantry and special operations forces units.
Dr. David Johnson — Joined the RAND Corporation in 1998, where he’s a senior researcher. His work focuses on military innovation, joint operations and strategy. He retired as a colonel after a 24-year career in the Army.
Retired Col. David Teeples — Served as commander of the Armor Center and commandant of the Armor School at Fort Knox, Ky., prior to its move to Fort Benning.
Retired Sgt. Maj. of the Army Julius Gates — Sworn in as the eighth sergeant major of the Army on July 1, 1987. He retired in June 1991 after serving three tours in Germany, two combat tours in Vietnam and a rotation in South Korea.
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Bush — In a career spanning 35 years, he served in a variety of leadership positions, including command sergeant major of V Corps in Heidelberg, Germany. Retired in June 2007.
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Carey — Appointed the 15th command sergeant major of FORSCOM in January 2006.
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Carl Christian — Served as FORSCOM command sergeant major from October 2001 to November 2005. In that role, the 30-year Soldier advised FORSCOM’s commanding general on all matters relating to enlisted personnel, with emphasis on training and quality of life.
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jake Fryer — Capped off 23-year military career as command sergeant major of the Armor Center and Fort Knox, Ky.
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Spencer — Enlisted in the Army in December 1961. During 32 years on active duty, he had various assignments with Infantry, Special Forces and Ranger units. He completed two combat tours in Vietnam.
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. John Stephens — Entered the Army in April 1957 and held positions at every level in more than 33 years on active duty. Served as command sergeant major of the Armor Center and Fort Knox, as well as senior enlisted adviser to the chief of Armor.
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Joe Ulibarri — Served 27 years on active duty, retiring in May 2009 as command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Infantry Center and Fort Benning.