• Hall of Fame welcomes 2 inductees

  • Hall of Fame inducts two new members.

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  • Christopher Burnett | Staff Writer
    The induction of the late Maj. Gen. William Giles Harding Carter and retired Brig. Gen. Huba Wass de Czege into the Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame May 11 in Eisenhower Auditorium at the Lewis and Clark Center brings the total number to 112 members.
    Lt. Gen. Michael Lundy, commanding general of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, said it was an honor to recognize Carter and Wass de Czege. He said the two leaders are symbolic of the continuum of great soldiers and leaders who significantly shaped the Army’s professional progress.
    “The impact Major General Carter had upon our Army as a cavalryman who served on the frontier of our nation as our country was expanding westward was significant,” Lundy said. “He demonstrated extraordinary bravery in winning the Medal of Honor.”
    Lundy said Carter was also an intellectual who understood the importance of a professional Army. He said Carter realized that such military professionalism was only possible through education, on-going learning and reflection.
    “He (Carter) also became a pioneering advocate of reform in Army education,” Lundy said.
    Carter was born in 1851 and educated at Kentucky Military Institute. As a youth, he served as a messenger during the Civil War. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1873 and received the Medal of Honor for heroism in action at the Battle of Cibicu Creek in the Arizona Territory in 1881.
    Carter arrived at Fort Leavenworth in 1893. While commanding his company, he concurrently served as an assistant instructor in the Cavalry Department of the Infantry and Cavalry School.
    Carter wrote a book that increased the prestige of the school and argued that theory should go hand-in-hand with practical application in officer education.
    Carter continued his quest for Army education reform and was instrumental in bringing a general staff system to the Army in 1903. Additionally, Carter pushed for the creation of the Army War College to better prepare senior officers.
    Carter’s ideas came to fruition in 1901 with General Order No. 155, which established a hierarchy of Army schools that began with simple topics at post schools, progressed to special service schools, then recognized the General Service and Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and culminating with the Army War College. General Order No. 155 tied progression through this educational system to continued promotion as well.
    Carter has the distinction of having been the last officer on active duty with Civil War service. He died May 24, 1925.
    Accepting the award on behalf of his great grandfather, William Carter relayed his family’s gratitude and honor for being recognized by the Hall of Fame. He also noted the impact the Army has had on his family and spoke about those others who also served.
    Page 2 of 3 - “The Army has had a positive influence on our family and, needless to say, it has been excellent for us regarding the development of great people,” Carter said. “General Carter left us with a great legacy. Although current generations of our family are not in uniform, we understand the importance of service and thank each of you here today for yours.”
    Lundy said as the first director of the School of Advanced Military Studies, Wass de Czege, like Carter, had a significant impact on military education. He said Wass de Czege is a prolific writer on the subject of the Army profession who also valued the importance of professional military education.
    “His writings are as relevant today as in 1982,” Lundy said. “His beliefs reflect how we build competent and committed leaders of character.”
    Born in Hungary in 1941, Wass de Czege immigrated to the United States in 1951 and graduated from USMA in 1964. He served as a platoon leader in Germany and served two tours in Vietnam. His first deployment was serving as a senior adviser for a Vietnamese Ranger battalion, and he assumed command of Company A, 3rd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during his second tour in 1968.
    Wass de Czege graduated from the Infantry Officer Advanced Course in 1970 before attending the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard where he earned a master’s degree in public administration.
    He graduated from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in 1976. Over the next four years, he served in a series of assignments in the 9th Infantry Division, including commanding the 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry.
    Returning to CGSC, Wass de Czege served as chief of the doctrine section. In this assignment, he was the principle author of the 1982 edition of FM 100-5, “AirLand Battle.” He became the first director of SAMS in 1983.
    From 1985 to 1988, he commanded the 9th Infantry Regiment at Fort Ord, Calif. After promotion to brigadier general, Wass de Czege spent the next three years in Europe, assisting NATO and Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in the implementation of the Arms Control Verification Accord with the collapsing Warsaw Pact nations.
    In his final assignment, Wass de Czege served as the assistant division commander of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kan., and retired from active service in 1993.
    After retirement from the Army, Wass de Czege has remained heavily involved in the Army After Next Project.
    Wass de Czege’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, and the Bronze Star with two “V” devices and four oak leaf clusters.
    Wass de Czege said the doctrinal reforms between 1980 and 1986 that resulted in the formation of SAMS were because of the contributions of many individuals. He said induction into the Hall of Fame was an honor to him and his family.
    Page 3 of 3 - “I had written a sharp critique of the Army’s defense doctrine while a member of the CGSC class of 1976. My criticism said that Army doctrine confused firepower, which is the effect of guns and missiles, with combat power — the power to decide the battle,” Wass de Czege said. “Too lengthy to be an article (in Military Review), it was ultimately disseminated by duplication around the Army.”
    Wass de Czege said the thesis was deemed logical, and the commandant of CGSC eventually read the critique and gave him the job to revise the doctrine he had initially critiqued as a student.
    Wass de Czege said the process of development of the 1982 edition of FM 100-5 was ultimately collaborative among numerous individuals and staff groups.
    The Hall of Fame is open to all ranks of soldiers who served at least one assignment at Fort Leavenworth and made significant contributions to the Army and nation.
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