HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2014

Four former Air Force communicators will be inducted into the Air Force Cyberspace Operations and Support Hall of Fame, Class of 2014.

Lieutenant General Charles E. Lieutenant General Charles E. "Charlie" Croom, Jr.:  Lt Gen Croom has had a major impact on the Department of Defense, the United States Air Force, the defense industry, and professional associations for more than 40 years. His achievements and accomplishments have had both national and international impact. An early cyber visionary, Gen Croom institutionalized the command structure of the Joint Task Force (JTF) and initiated the model of today's Joint Information Enterprise which serves as the standard for seamless IT throughout DoD. Gen Croom's talents have impacted at all levels--from leading the redesign and rebuilding of the White House Situation Room providing enhanced capability for the POTUS and the National Command Authority to establishing desktop collaboration-as-a-service across DoD as the first real enterprise offering. In his 40 years of service, Lt Gen Croom has done it all and done it ethically, with integrity and class.
 
 

Brigadier General Wallace Gordon Smith Brigadier General Wallace Gordon Smith:  Brig Gen Smith planned, organized, and established the Army Airways Communications System (AACS) providing the first organized Air Corps communications system by integrating the Army's 33 existing radio stations and 300 personnel into a single system for the United States--the basis for worldwide operations during World War II. A true "hands-on" leader, Gen Smith personally flew the Frankfurt to Berlin corridor during the Berlin Airlift to determine the best means to accomplish air traffic control making it possible for the AACS to handle more than 277,000 airlift flights. Gen Smith went on to form the Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) facilitating interest among civilian amateur radio operators to provide a trained pool of personnel able to assist civil defense agencies during national emergencies. Brig Gen Smith not only changed the face of communications, he led efforts that impacted millions around the world.
 
 

Colonel David J. Kovach Colonel David J. Kovach:  A U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, Col Kovach has worked in the communications-computer systems field his entire career serving in positions at every level of operations affecting Airmen around the world. As the Commander, Air Force Communications Agency, he laid bedrock for what would become the Air Force Network (AFNET) consolidation--one Air Force, one network. A true warfighter and integrator, Col Kovach developed and executed the C4ISR strategic plan in direct support of the Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia and post 9/11 Operation Enduring Freedom combat operations. Col Kovach's wartime leadership and unprecedented contributions set the stage for over ten years of successful combat operations in Southwest Asia including Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. A consummate professional, Col Kovach's leadership and mentorship have left a living legacy in the Air Force cyberspace force's DNA.
 
 
 
Chief Master Sergeant Larry V. Holifield:  Chief Holifield's wisdom, foresight and mastery of manpower, personnel, training and organizational policy and procedures enabled the Air Force to maximize and keep pace with fixed and deployable information technology capabilities. He defined the skills, training and organization required to provide communications-computer systems support for the 21st century--a concept that would be adopted and published in the Communications Squadron 2000 Initiative with a Secretary of the Air Force endorsement. Chief Holifield led the creation of the Air Force's Objective Communications Squadron, transforming from a fixed wing mindset to an expeditionary one. A true visionary, his crucial role as Career Field Manager was essential to rallying the force in a common direction to operationalize and professionalize the network and in the very creation of today's U.S. Air Force Cyberspace workforce.