Air Force names 2012 Cyberspace Operations and Support Hall of Fame inductees

April 17, 2012

By STAFF SGT. TIFFANY TROJCA | Air Force Public Affairs Agency
April 16, 2012

4/16/2012 – WASHINGTON — Six individuals are scheduled to be inducted into the Air Force Cyberspace Operations and Support Hall of Fame during a ceremony June 27 at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

Induction into the Cyberspace Operations and Support Hall of Fame honors individuals who made significant contributions, both to the Air Force and their career field, while serving in the public and private sectors, according to the program’s website.

The program began in 1999 and was originally dubbed the Communications and Information Hall of Fame.

The individuals receiving the honor are retired Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose, retired Brig. Gen. Bruce J. Bohn, retired Brig. Gen. Avon James, retired Lt. Col. Grace M. Barth, retired Chief Master Sgt. Erik W. Benken and Timothy Long.

According to the nomination, 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 U.S. Army inventory from 1941-1945. He was appointed as the only civilian director of communications-electronics in the Continental Air Defense Command Center/North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Some of Barth’s accomplishments include becoming the first female officer assigned to the Army Airways Communication System and in 1948. She was selected to be the first female commander of a Basic Military Training Group at Lackland Air Force Base. Barth served from 1942-1961.

James pioneered 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 trailblazer and leader in the application of computer and communications technology to mission and combat support functions.

Bohn was a communications trendsetter 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 of Joint Interoperability and Engineering Organization, Defense Information Systems Agency.

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 Air Force’s senior enlisted leader. During his 29-year career, from 1970-1999, he served 23 years in information management assignments, followed by six years serving in senior enlisted adviser assignments, culminating with his selection as the 12th chief master sergeant of the Air Force.

During Meyerrose’s 33-year career, from 1975-2008, the impact of his leadership and accomplishments has had a lasting and major impact on U.S. success in nationally important, high consequence operations. He served with distinction in an unprecedented and broad range of command, control, communications and computer systems assignments in the joint community, Air Force, and the U.S. 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.

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