DVIDS – News – AMC Honors Late Commander Known as Innovator and Visionary


REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — A decorated Vietnam veteran who commanded Army Materiel Command at a time when his role as a readiness materiel provider for a wartime army will be recognized when AMC’s executive reception hall at his Redstone, Alabama, arsenal headquarters is renamed in his honor.

The Executive Reception Room will be renamed the General William GT Tuttle, Jr., AMC Hall of Fame Room in a September 20 ceremony. The room, located near AMC’s main entrance, has evolved over the years as a display area for plaques from AMC’s Hall of Fame recipients, including Tuttle, who was inducted in 2016.

“Renaming this hall as the General William GT Tuttle, Jr., AMC Hall of Fame Hall is fitting recognition for an officer and leader who embodied the values ​​of the Army during times of great challenge to our military and our nation, including the Vietnam War, Operation Just Cause, and Operation Desert Shield/Storm,” said AMC Commander Gen. Ed Daly.

“Gen. Tuttle was an innovator, a problem solver and, above all, an outstanding leader. He was a visionary who transformed logistics from the strategic level to the tactical point of need. His leadership as Commander of AMC in the late 1980s and early 1990s, during a difficult time for the nation and our military, laid the foundation for the growth of AMC into what it is today – the premier logistics, sustainment and installation management organization for the Army.

Tuttle, who served in the military for 34 years, died in November 2020 at the age of 84 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His final command was at AMC, where he led the organization through its support of the first large-scale military action since the Vietnam War. He then continued to support the military through his work as a leading expert in global military logistics operations.

“We are so grateful that AMC has chosen to remember our father in this way,” Tuttle’s son Jonathan Tuttle said. “He loved his time at AMC and was always so proud to have had the opportunity to lead it. Above all, he valued his colleagues throughout the organization and their commitment to the mission and to each other.

“Having his name on AMC’s People Room is a great honor and we’re sure it would be special for him. We hope AMC and the military will remember him as a soldier dedicated to service. of his country and as a devoted husband, father, son and friend.

Tuttle embodied the mission critical and high values ​​of the armed forces, as well as the important role the U.S. military plays in protecting and securing peace, both at home and abroad. He was known for effectively combining kindness, compassion, humility and concern for his troops and families with a strong commitment to integrity, professionalism and excellence.

“My father embraced the servant/leader leadership model and believed that the best way to lead an organization was to develop and articulate a clear vision of organizational goals and objectives, and then support and develop the people in organization to achieve them,” said Jonathan. “In accordance with these principles, he has sought to lead by fostering a culture of excellence, respect, kindness and compassion.”

A native of Virginia and a 1958 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Tuttle, an infantry officer, first served as a platoon leader with the 82nd Airborne Division, earning both the senior paratrooper insignia and the Store tab.

After joining the newly formed Transportation Corps in 1961, Tuttle served as a Transportation Officer in Vietnam and later as a Staff Officer in the Army Manpower Branch scheduling troop reductions. post-vietnamese army. During his career, he was an assistant professor of social sciences, teaching economics and government at West Point; Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe as Head of Policy and Programs and as a representative on the NATO Defense Review Board. He also served in the Pentagon as Director of Army Force Management and played a major role in planning the Army Reorganization in 1973 which created the Army Forces Command and the Army Training and Doctrine Command.

Tuttle commanded the 503rd Supply and Transportation Battalion and Division Support Command, both of the 3rd Armored Division in Germany; the East Area of ​​the Military Traffic Management Command; the Army Operational Test and Evaluation Agency; and Army Logistics Center and Fort Lee, Virginia.

Tuttle’s final assignment was as the 10th Commanding General of AMC from 1989 to 1992, making him the Army’s senior logistician. During his first four months in command, Tuttle led AMC’s 100,000 troops and civilians in support of Operation Just Cause in Panama, his first major military engagement since the Vietnam War. After leading AMC through its largest personnel reduction in history during the summer of 1990, Tuttle oversaw the organization’s support for Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Tuttle was also the leader of AMC who devised “Vision 2000”, a plan that ultimately consolidated AMC’s actions and moved its headquarters to Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Tuttle relinquished command of AMC and retired on January 31, 1992.

During his Army career, Tuttle earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1963 and continued his military training at the Armed Forces Staff College in 1970 and the U.S. Army War College in 1976. He received numerous awards, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Navy and Army Distinguished Service Medals Air, Legion of Merit, and Bronze Star Medal (with two oak leaf clusters). He was also awarded the Air Medal and the Gold Cross of Honor by the Federal Republic of Germany. Additionally, his hometown of Portsmouth, Virginia chose him as one of its “notables” in 1987.

“I learned many things from my father that I use to guide my actions both personally and professionally,” Jonathan said of growing up in a military family that included his mother Helen, sister Lynn, and son. brother Bob. “Professionally, my father was committed to doing what was best and best, even if it was the most difficult option. Personally, despite his busy schedule and the time spent away from us, we have always knew that our family remained his priority.

After retiring from the military, Tuttle, recognized as one of the leading national experts in global military logistics operations, joined the Logistics Management Institute, a nonprofit research and analysis organization, as president and Chief Executive Officer from 1993 to 2002. He served as a consultant for the Defense Science Board, chairman of the board and lecturer at Defense Acquisition University, and lecturer at the Armed Forces Industrial College, Army Logistics Management College, LOGTECH program at the University of North Carolina and at the University of Alaska at Anchorage. He was also a director and chairman of the Procurement Roundtable and a member of several defense and services boards.

In 2011, the Institute for Defense and Business in Chapel Hill, North Carolina established the General William GT Tuttle, Jr. Award for Business Acumen in Defense and Government. Tuttle shared his logistics expertise in his book, Defense Logistics for the 21st Century, published in 2005.

Date taken: 16.09.2022
Date posted: 16.09.2022 16:20
Story ID: 429518

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