Six former Air Force communicators will be inducted into the Air Force Cyberspace Operations and Support Hall of Fame, Class of 2012.
Mr. Timothy R. Long
Mr Long's engineering and managerial expertise was known throughout the Air Defense and Space communities during his 52 years of Active Duty and Federal Civil Service from 1941-1995. He began his career as an electronics engineer with the 1st Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion and worked with every aircraft warning and control system in the US Army inventory between 1941-1945. He was appointed as the only civilian Director of Communications-Electronics in NORAD/CONAD.
Lt. Col. Grace (Maggie) M. Barth
A true communications pioneer, Lt Col Barth served from 1942-1961. She was the first female officer assigned to the Army Airways Communication System. Additionally, in 1948, she was selected to be the first female commander of a Basic Military Training Group at Lackland Air Force Base. She culminated her distinguished career when she served as the Deputy Director, Women in the Air Force, Headquarters United States Air Force.
Brig. Gen. Avon James
Brig Gen James was an innovator in the development of data automation competency and excellence in the Air Force from 1951-1983. His work resulted in the Air Force enjoying a government wide reputation in the 1980s as the uncontested innovator and leader in the application of computer and communications technology to mission and combat support functions--years before the other services and agencies recognized the importance of this integration effort.
Brig. Gen. Bruce J. Bohn
Brig Gen Bohn was a communications trailblazer during his 30 years of service from 1964-1994. He was critical to the success of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm by establishing base level communications at 26 bare base locations and ensuring long haul connectivity to Air Component and Joint Task Force Headquarters. He culminated his career as the Director, Joint Interoperability and Engineering Organization, DISA.
CMSAF Eric W. Benken
CMSgt Benken was a role model for every Information Manager in the Air Force, rising from his start as an administrative basic trainee and advancing to the AF's most senior enlisted leader. During his 29 year career, from 1970-1999, he served 23 years in Information Management assignments, followed by 6 years serving in Senior Enlisted Adviser assignments, culminating with his selection as the 12th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force.
Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose
During Maj Gen Meyerrose's 33 year career, from 1975-2008, the impact of his leadership and accomplishments has had a lasting and major impact on US success in nationally important, high consequence operations. He served with distinction in an unprecedented and broad range of C4 assignments in the Joint community, Air Force, and the US Government. His career culminated as a Presidential Appointee and Senate Confirmed Chief Information Officer and Information Sharing Executive in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.