According to our Association bylaws, we have the ability to nominate and elect one Soldier each year, as well as one civilian “friend of the ESC” to the 13th ESC Hall of Fame. Since 2011, we have recognized distinguished alumni of the unit for their dedication and devotion to furthering the mission of the command and Association.
MG (RET) William “Mike” Lenaers
Maj. Gen. William “Mike” Lenaers entered the United States Army in 1971. He received an ROTC Commission upon graduation from the University of Santa Clara with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. He also holds a Master of Science Degree in Oceanography from Oregon State University. His military education includes the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. He began his career with the 85th Maintenance Battalion, in Hanau, Germany. He next served as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commander of the 3d Support Command (Corps) in Frankfurt, Germany. In 1976, Lenaers was assigned to the Naval Support Force with the U.S. Antarctic Research Program at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. He served for over two years in support of research in this challenging environment. He next served in the Armor Support Battalion at Fort Hood, Texas. He was next assigned to the United States Military Academy and then attended the US Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, KS. He returned to Germany to serve with the 21st Support Command in Kaiserslautern. He then served in the first of three assignments with the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, at Headquarters, Department of the Army. Lenaers then began several command assignments starting as Commander of the 707th Main Support Battalion, Fort Ord, California and the 1st Infantry Division Support Command, at Fort Riley, Kansas. He was then assigned as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Ammunition, Headquarters, Army Materiel Command. Lenaers next served as the Commander of U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Armament Research Development and Engineering Center, at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey. In 2001, he took command of the 13th Corps Support Command at Fort Hood, Texas. During his tenure several subordinate units were deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Just prior to his departure the command’s headquarters and remaining units were alerted for deployment to Iraq. Lenaers’ next assignment was as the 32nd Chief of Ordnance. He assumed command at a critical time in both the Army’s and the Ordnance Corps’ history. Both were involved in two major wars and undergoing a transformation simultaneously. Maj. Gen. Lenaers’ final assignment was as the Commanding General of the United States Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, Michigan. While in command, he continued to support the Future Combat System research and development. Maj. Gen. William “Mike” Lenaers retired in September 2008 after 37 years of service. He led the way in Army transformation, research and development and the maintenance and repair of equipment. He is currently the Vice President for Readiness and Sustainment for BAE Systems. MG Lenaers served as the 18th commander of the 13th ESC.
COL (RET) Paul F. Roberts
Colonel Paul F. Roberts, USA Retired, was born in Texas on 25 October 1916. He served in the 80th Infantry Division (“Blue Ridge”) during World War II, earning a Silver Star for gallantry in action in France, September 1944. He led 2d Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment at the Battle of Haman, one engagement in the larger Battle of Pusan Perimeter between United Nations (UN) and North Korean (NK) forces early in the Korean War from August 31 to September 19, 1950. COL Roberts assumed command of the 13th Support Brigade on 18 January 1966, and led the brigade until his retirement on 16 December 1971. COL Roberts passed away on 1 June 1996 in Killeen, and is buried in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. COL Roberts served as the 3rd commander of the 13th ESC, but is widely considered the “Father” of the unit.
MG (RET) Leo A. Brooks
Major General Leo A. Brooks is retired after more than thirty-five years of military and civil service and private enterprise. In January 1984 he retired from the United States Army at the grade of Major General to accept an appointment as Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia. Since he retired before serving three full years in grade, he was retired as a brigadier general. He began his military career as a quartermaster officer but quickly became an infantry rifle platoon leader in the 2nd Infantry Division in Anchorage, Alaska upon integrating into the Regular Army in 1956. Subsequently, he has been an ROTC instructor at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and an advisor to the Vietnamese Army during his first tour in Vietnam. On his second Vietnam tour, he commanded the 266th Supply and Service Battalion. He served in the Pentagon twice: first, as a budget liaison to the U.S. Congress and secondly, in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Brooks has had an abundance of command and management experience in large organizations. Rarely does an officer get to command for ten consecutive years. Among them was commander of the Sacramento Army Depot, an electronics construction and rebuild plant in Sacramento, California, which employed over 4,000 civilians. In 1976, he left the Sacramento assignment to command the 9,000 soldiers of the 13th Corps Support Command who performed the supply, maintenance, engineering, automation, and communications, for the Third Armored Corps in Fort Hood, Texas. Upon promotion to Brigadier General, he was selected to head the worldwide food service activities of the Army which included over one-thousand dining facilities and the 178 commissary store system, with 10,000 civilian employees throughout the United States and twelve foreign countries. His final military assignment as a Major General was another worldwide operation, the Defense Personnel Support Center in Philadelphia, PA. There, he was charged with the buying and managing of all the food, clothing and other textile items, and medical supplies and equipment, for all of our military services. This awesome task included a factory of 1,300 garment workers, six large mainframe computers, more than 6,000 employees and a budget of $4.5 billion. General Brooks, a Distinguished Military Graduate from ROTC, holds the Bachelor of Science Degree from Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA., the Master of Science in Financial Management from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and the Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from New England School of Law, Boston. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the National War College in Washington, D.C. His awards include; the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Army Distinguished Service Medal. MG Brooks served as the 7th commander of the 13th ESC.
BG Terence “Terry” Hildner
Brigadier General Terence John Hildner was a 1984 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He began his military career as an Armor officer with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas. Reassigned in 1988 to the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in the Federal Republic of Germany, he served as the Regimental Training Officer and subsequently commanded a ground troop cavalry troop. During his company command, Brigadier General Hildner’s troop deployed with the regiment as part of the US VII Corps’ attack into Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, as well as conducting the last US patrol along the East-West German border before its reunification. Returning from Germany, Brigadier General Hildner served in several assignments at Fort Hood, Texas to include 2nd Armored Division Comptroller and Aide-de-Camp to the 4th Infantry Division Commanding General. Following his transition to the Quartermaster Corps and attendance at the US Army Command and General Staff College in 1997, Brigadier General Hildner served in a variety of staff positions to include Battalion Executive Officer of the 296th Forward Support Battalion, Supply and Services Chief for the I Corps G4 at Fort Lewis, Washington, and J4 for the Department of Defense’s counterdrug Joint Task Force 6 (JTF-6). In 2004, Brigadier General Hildner assumed command of the 13th Corps Support Command’s Special Troops Battalion at Fort Hood, Texas. During nearly three years of command, the battalion conducted two operational deployments. The first came in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, providing general logistical support to units located around Joint Base Balad as well as the Abu Ghraib prison complex. The battalion’s second deployment came in the wake of Hurricane Katrina as Logistical Task Force Lone Star, providing both military and humanitarian support operations. From July 2007 to July 2009, Brigadier General Hildner commanded the 23rd Quartermaster Brigade at Fort Lee, Virginia, training more than 20,000 Soldiers annually for deployment with the Operational Army in support of contingency operations across the globe. From July 2009 to July 2010, he was the Combined Arms Support Command’s (CASCOM) G3, Director of Training and Doctrine. His organization analyzed, designed, and developed rigorous, relevant, and effective sustainment unit, individual, and professional military doctrine and training, with life-long learning products. His efforts supported the current and future operational force by providing well-trained units, warriors, and adaptive, innovative leaders. In August 2010, Brigadier General Hildner assumed command of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) at Fort Hood, Texas. In December 2011, he deployed a logistics element and members of his staff to Afghanistan to support the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan. As the Deputy Commander of Support Operations, he supervised six Regional Support Commands and oversaw the development of logistics across the Afghanistan National Security Force. BG Hildner passed away from natural causes in Afghanistan on 3 February 2012. BG Hildner served as the 22nd commander of the 13th ESC.
Mr. Jay Taggart
Mr. Jay Taggart is a native of Belton and a 1968 graduate of Belton High School. Upon graduating from Southwest Texas University in 1972, he immediately went to work for Xerox in Waco. He met his lovely wife Leah when he went into KCEN-TV to make a sale, and they later married in 1975. They moved to Belton that year, and have called it home ever since. Jay is the owner of Documaxx, a successful company associated with Xerox. However, his service in other organizations and activities is truly his calling card. Jay served on the Belton ISD Board of Trustees, including a term as Board President. He is very involved with the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce, currently serving as the Chairman of their Military Relations committee. Jay served on the Board of Governors for the Central Texas – Fort Hood chapter of AUSA, and is a key member of the United Way of Central Texas. These are just a few examples of his service to our community; I could go on for an hour telling you about all of his volunteer efforts. Jay has been recognized with multiple accolades over the years: he attended the US Army War College; he has been designated as a “Fort Hood Good Neighbor”; and was named a distinguished alumus of Belton ISD.
MG (RET) Michael “Mike” Terry
Major General (Retired) Michael J. Terry is a native of Dickson City, Pennsylvania and a 1979 graduate of The University of Scranton where he received his Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Quartermaster branch. MG Terry’s military education consists of the Quartermaster Basic and Advance Courses, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and The Naval War College, where he received a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. MG Terry’s command assignments include: Commander Supply and Service Company, 4th Support Battalion (Main), 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized) Wurzburg, Germany; Commander Support Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, Ft. Carson Colorado; Commander 64th Corps Support Group (Forward), 13th Corps Support Command (COSCOM), Ft. Hood, Texas, and deployed with the Group to Iraq supporting the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and V Corps units during the initial phase of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Assistant Division Commander (Support), 7th Infantry Division (Light), Ft. Carson, Colorado. His first command as a General Officer was that as Commanding General, 13th COSCOM, later redesignated as the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Ft. Hood, Texas, where he deployed to New Orleans and Southwest Louisiana in support of humanitarian relief efforts after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and then to, Iraq during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM rotation 06-08 (The Surge) where the 13th performed as the senior logistics command in Iraq, supporting Multi-National Corps – Iraq and Commanding General, US Army Security Assistance Command Ft Belvoir, Virginia. MG Terry served as Commanding General 8th Theater Sustainment Command Ft. Shafter Hawaii, and culminated his 34 years of service as Commanding General of the U.S. Army Tank Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command. MG Terry served as the 22nd commander of the 13th ESC.
LTG (RET) Richard Hack
Born 21 July 1950 in New York City, Richard A. Hack was commissioned through ROTC in 1972 from the Virginia Military Institute. From 1973 to 1976 he served in a series of assignments as Maintenance Platoon Leader and Shop Officer in the 530th Maintenance Company and then the 514th Maintenance Company at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and with the 596th Maintenance Company and the 903d Maintenance Company in Germany. He then took command of the 42d Maintenance Company in Germany. In 1979, Hack was selected for the Training with Industry Program, working in Sikorsky Aircraft’s Development Center and then in the purchasing department. He was next assigned, in 1980, to Rock Island Arsenal (RIA) as an Armament Materiel Management Staff Officer, where he coordinated a 224 million dollar program for modernizing RIA. In 1982, he was selected as Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, US Armament Materiel Readiness Command at RIA. Next Hack reported to Fort Stewart, Georgia, in 1984 as Materiel Officer for the 724th Maintenance Battalion, responsible for equipment readiness in the 24th Infantry Division. In 1985, he became the Support Operations Officer for the division’s 4th Main Support Battalion, then Executive Officer of the 1st Forward Support Battalion, and finally Chief of the Division Materiel Management Center, where he managed a 24 million dollar inventory. Hack returned to Germany in 1987 as a Logistics Plans Officer in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, Headquarters United States Army Europe, responsible for theater logistics plans. He returned to the United States in 1988 to take command of the 705th Support Battalion (Main), 5th Infantry Division, Fort Polk, Louisiana. His next assignment, in 1991, was as Chief, Unit Maintenance and Battle Damage Assessment and Repair Office, US Army Ordnance Center and Schools, Aberdeen Proving Ground. In 1993, Hack returned to Fort Stewart to command the 24th Infantry Division’s Support Command (DISCOM), containing 3,400 Soldiers. He next reported, in 1995, to Headquarters Army Materiel Command (AMC) in Alexandria, Virginia, to serve as Executive Officer to the Deputy Commanding General. In 1996, he moved to Fort Hood, Texas, to serve as Assistant Division Commander (Support) of the 4th Infantry Division, supervising the combat support and combat service support units. He remained at Fort Hood to take command of the 13th Corps Support Command in 1997, responsible for 5,400 Soldiers. In 1999, Hack returned to Germany as Commanding General, 21st Theater Support Command, containing 7,000 Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians, and Local Nationals with an annual operating budget of over 1.8 billion dollars. Upon returning to the United States in 2001, he was selected to serve as AMC Chief of Staff, a position he held in addition to serving as the Deputy Commanding General starting in October 2002. He reorganized the headquarters staff of 1,300 Soldiers and civilians to sharpen its focus on operational requirements. In 2005, he led a Combat Service Support Assessment Team to Iraq, producing a detailed report containing 235 recommendations. Lt. Gen. Richard A. Hack retired in 2005 after 33 years of dedicated service. LTG Hack served as the 16th commander of the 13th ESC.
Mr. Terry Robison
Terry Bruce Robison was born on April 13, 1953 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma to Louis N Robison Sr. and Rogna Louise McConnell Robison. Terry passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. He was a 1971 graduate of Killeen High School. After high school, Terry attended the University of Houston.
Terry was the owner of Graphic Concepts/Recovery Room of Harker Heights. His love of graphic design allowed him to create the We Support our Soldiers Yellow Ribbon Program in 1989. He was a faithful member of Faith Fellowship of Nolanville. Terry was a member of the 13th COSCOM assoc and designed and constructed the memorial for the 13 Sustainment Command of Fort Hood, Texas, and was a member of AUSA.. Terry’s father, CSM (RET) Louis Robison, served as the 6th Command Sergeant Major of the 13th ESC.
CSM (RET) Dan Elder
Daniel (Dan) K. Elder entered the Army in Dec 1981 and served in a variety of enlisted leadership positions from squad leader to senior enlisted advisor of an Army Command. He served in tactical, operational and strategic assignments culminating in his selection as the command sergeant major of the Army Materiel Command, Fort Belvoir, Va. He was selected as the first Senior Enlisted Fellow for the Association of the United States Army and was inducted to the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy “Hall of Honor” on August 12, 2010 and to the US Army Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame in May 2012. Following retirement from the Army after a 26-year career Elder joined Computer Sciences Corporation in 2008 and then he went in to private consulting. He re-entered industry in 2011 with McLane Advanced Technologies in Temple, TX as a Sr. Dir of Business Development and Strategy until Jun 2013 when he then returned to his private consulting business. CSM Elder served as the 15th Command Sergeant Major of the 13th ESC.