December 27, 2017

Brigadier General Edgar S. Dudley

Brigadier General Edgar S. Dudley
Evening Uniform

General Dudley served as a clerk in the Provost Marshall’s office at Schenectady, New York, at the age of sixteen. It was noted that he exhibited such coolness and bravery during the draft riots of 1863 that Dudley was recommended for West Point, but owing to there being no vacancies, he was made a second lieutenant in the 1st New York Light Artillery. Dudley was stationed near Washington, DC, when Confederate General Jubal Early assaulted the outskirts of the capital in 1864. He entered the US Military Academy in 1866, graduating in 1870 with a commission in the artillery. Dudley was first posted to Cape Disappointment, Washington. He earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from Union University at Albany in 1875. Dudley became an instructor of law at the US Infantry and Cavalry School of Instruction at Fort Leavenworth in 1889. He was made Acting Judge Advocate for the Department of Arizona in 1891. By 1893, Dudley was serving as Depot Quartermaster for the Department of Texas and in charge of construction of buildings at Fort Sam Houston. He was assigned as Judge Advocate of the 2nd Corps in June of 1898 and became the Judge Advocate of the Division of Cuba in December. In this role, as the official representative of the United States, Dudley received the transfer of Cuba from Spain to the United States. He would remain in Cuba until 1901, serving as legal advisor to the Military Governor of Cuba. Dudley earned a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Nebraska in 1904 and was on staff at West Point as a Professor of Law and History until his retirement in 1909.

Officers wearing evening and mess uniforms.
(H.A. Ogden, Stone Lithograph, 1908)

August 22, 2017

Brigadier General John B. Richardson IV

Brigadier General John B. Richardson IV
Army Combat Uniform

General Richardson graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1991. He was first assigned as a Tank Platoon Leader with the 1st Armored Division, becoming Battalion Motor Officer of the 4th Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment in Friedberg, Germany. Richardson was then posted to the 1st Infantry Division as Adjutant and later Headquarters Company Commander for the 1st Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment at Fort Riley. His next assignment was with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment as Squadron Operations Officer, first deploying to Iraq in 2003. Richardson deployed to Iraq a second time in 2005 as Aide-de-Camp to General Martin Dempsey, who was serving as the Commanding General of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq. In 2007, Richardson was posted as Squadron Commander of the 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, deploying to Iraq again. He took command of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment in 2011, overseeing the conversion of the Brave Rifles from an Armored Cavalry Regiment to a Stryker Brigade Combat Team. Before becoming Deputy Commanding General of the 3rd Infantry Division, Richardson served in the Pentagon on the Joint Staff.

Lt. Col. Richardson, 2011

July 1, 2017

Major General Richard Collins

Major General Richard Collins
White Mess Jacket

General Collins graduated from Harvard in 1926 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery Reserve. He then earned a Doctor of Medicine from Harvard in 1930, practicing medicine until called to active duty in December of 1940. Collins was first assigned to Fort Sill as a gunnery instructor, becoming executive officer of the artillery of the 87th Infantry Division. In 1943, he was assigned to the Intelligence Division of the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Forces in England. Collins was responsible for the preparation of basic intelligence on terrain and enemy defenses in advance of the invasion of France. He would be awarded the Legion of Merit, the Order of the British Empire, the French Croix de Guerre, the Belgian Order of Leopold, and Croix de Guerre for his service in this role. After serving in the Office of Military Governor for Germany, Collins returned to the United States in 1946. He was ordered to Japan in 1953 as Assistant Chief of Staff, US Army Forces Far East Command. Collins was then assigned as Deputy Director for Intelligence of the Joint Staff in 1956, advancing to Director in 1961. He was serving as Commandant of the US Army Intelligence School at Fort Holabird, Maryland, before his retirement in 1964.

  General Collins congratulating Captain Billy L. Smith for winning three trophies in the Far East Command Officer's Bowling League, 1956.

General Collins addressing the National Quartermaster Conference, 1958.

February 1, 2017

General James E. Hill

General James E. Hill
Flight Suit

General Hill was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and attended both Oklahoma A&M and the University of Oklahoma. He entered the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet in 1942. Assigned to the European theatre of operations as a P-47 fighter pilot, Hill shot down five enemy aircraft. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross on 18 April 1945 while serving with the 388th Fighter Squadron. Hill returned to Oklahoma to command a squadron of P-51s and was instrumental in forming the Oklahoma Air National Guard. In 1950, having returned to active duty, he was posted to Itazuke Air Base, Japan, with the 8th Fighter-Bomber Wing. Hill flew 128 combat missions as an F-80 pilot in Korea. He departed for England to attend the Royal Air Force Flying College in 1953 and upon graduation joined the 20th Fighter-Bomber Wing at Royal Air Force Station Wethersfield, becoming deputy commander in 1956. Hill returned to the United States in 1957 and was assigned as senior Air Force adviser for the 121st Tactical Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard. He was next assigned to Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines, as deputy commander for operations of the 405th Fighter Wing, becoming wing commander in 1964. Hill was made commander of the 42nd Air Division at Blytheville Air Force Base in 1970. He became commander of the 3rd Air Force in the United Kingdom in 1972. Hill served as commander of the Alaskan Air Command before becoming vice commander of the Strategic Air Command in 1977. Before retiring in 1979, he was the commander of the North American Air Defense Command. Hill was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1984 as the first Oklahoman to achieve four star rank in the Air Force while on active duty.