January 23, 2020

Brigadier General Clara L. Adams-Ender


Brigadier General Clara L. Adams-Ender
1939-
Army Green Service Uniform

General Adams-Ender received a direct appointment as a second lieutenant in 1961 after graduating from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and entered the US Army Nurse Corps Orientation Course at Fort Sam Houston. She was first assigned to the Intensive Care Unit at Walson Army Hospital at Fort Dix. In 1963 Adams-Ender was posted to the 121st Evacuation Hospital in the Pacific as a staff nurse. She next became a surgical nursing instructor at Fort Sam Houston and then Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 1969. Adams-Ender was made Assistant Chief Nurse at Fort Meade in 1974. She was assigned to the 97th General Hospital, US Army Europe in 1978 as Chief Nurse. Adams-Ender returned to the United States in 1984 and became Chief Nurse at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She was made Chief of the US Army Nurse Corps in 1987. Before retiring in 1993, Adams-Ender was serving as Commanding General of Fort Belvoir and Deputy Commanding General of the Military District of Washington. 

January 14, 2020

Lieutenant General Robert E. Gray

 
Lieutenant General Robert E. Gray
1941-2011
Class B Uniform

General Gray enlisted in the US Army in 1961, later graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in Computer and Information Science. He received a commission in 1966 after completing the Signal Corps Officer Candidate School at Fort Gordon. Gray’s first posting was as communications officer for the 56th Field Artillery Group (Pershing) in Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany. He joined the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Vietnam as a brigade communications officer in 1969. Gray was with the Defense Intelligence Agency beginning in 1973 as Plans and Operations Officer of the Computer Security Branch. He then became Executive Officer for the 50th Signal Battalion (Airborne). In 1980 Gray took command of the 82nd Signal Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division. He next commanded the 35th Signal Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps. Gray was made commander of the US Army Signal Center at Fort Gordon in 1991. He went on to become the first African-American to be made Chief of the US Army Signal Corps. Before retirement in 1997, Gray was serving as Deputy Commander in Chief for United States Army Europe.