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Citadel News Service
25 Sep 2012

Tony Lackey inducted into Army Military Intelligence Hall of Fame

In the history of Army Military Intelligence, just 233 soldiers and civilians have been inducted into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame. Retired Army Col. Tony Lackey, former assistant commandant for discipline, is among them.


Bill Morgan (left), vice president, National Military Intelligence Corps Association and Col. Roger Sangvic (right), Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence the Knowlton Award to Retired Army Col. Tony Lackey (center).

Lackey was inducted Sept. 14 and presented with the Knowlton Award recognizing individuals who have contributed significantly to the promotion of Army military intelligence in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipients, their superiors, subordinates, and peers. The Knowlton Award, created in 1995, goes to individuals who demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and moral character, display an outstanding degree of professional competence, and serve with distinction. It is considered a once in a lifetime award.

The Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame was established in 1988. Inductees are selected first by a board of active and retired senior officers, warrant officers, noncommissioned officers, and professional civilians. Then the Chief of the Corps makes the final selection.

Lackey's name is inscribed on the wall of honor in Alvarado Hall, Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

Lackey is a 1961 Citadel graduate with a bachelor's degree in political science. He was commissioned into military intelligence after graduation. Fifteen years later, he also earned a master's in history from The Citadel.

Following completion of the Basic Infantry and Image Interpreter Officer schools, Lackey's first assignment in 1962 was platoon leader of an aerial surveillance platoon in the XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C. During the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis Lackey served as the senior air reconnaissance liaison officer to U.S. Strategic Command. In 1963, he studied Vietnamese at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., with a follow-on assignment to the 441st Intelligence Corps Detachment, 1st Special Forces in Okinawa.

While in Special Forces, Lackey served two temporary duty tours in Vietnam and one in Taiwan with the Special Action Forces. Upon completion of the Okinawa tour, Lackey, now a captain in the Army, moved to the U.S. Army Intelligence School in January 1967, where he attended the Officers Advanced Course and taught tactical intelligence. His next assignment was in Vietnam as an intelligence officer with the 5th Special Forces Group. He served as the Intelligence Operations Officer, the Assistant S-2, and the S-2.

Col. Tony Lackey at a military dress parade in honor of his retirement in 2005.

In April 1969, Lackey assumed command of the 218th Military Intelligence (MI) Detachment, XVIII Airborne Corps as a major. After attending Command and Staff College, he returned to Vietnam where he was the senior operations advisor, Pleiku Province.

In 1972, he returned to The Citadel as an ROTC instructor and Tactical Officer.

In 1976, Lt. Col. Lackey served as the executive to the director of foreign intelligence, assistant chief of staff for intelligence. The next year, he became an assistant to the director of the Army staff. After two years on the Army staff, Lackey returned to his Army roots in December 1978 to command the 1st MI Battalion (Aerial Reconnaissance Support) at Fort Bragg. He attended the Naval War College, at Newport, R.I., in 1981, and was then slated to be the assistant chief of staff, G-2, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg.

Lackey moved to U.S. Army Europe where he served as the Chief of Plans, Training and Force Management Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence until he assumed command of the 66th MI Brigade in 1984. He commanded a special mission unit from 1986 to 1989. He then became the director of intelligence, J-2 of the Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg. During the 1990-1991 Gulf War, he served as the chief of staff of the Joint Special Operations Task Force conducting the coalition SCUD hunts.

Lackey retired from the U.S. Army on 1 August 1991 with thirty years of active duty service. He returned to The Citadel in 1994 where he joined the Commandant's Department. He remained there until he retired in 2005. He served as an adjunct professor from 2005-2008, teaching political science courses on the undergraduate and graduate level.

Lackey's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal; four awards of the Legion of Merit; two Bronze Star Medals; the Purple Heart; three awards of the Meritorious Service Medal; four Air Medals; five Army Commendation Medals; the Cross of Gallantry; the Combat Infantry Badge; the Master Parachutist Badge; the Vietnam Service Medal with nine stars; and the Southwest Asia Service Medal.

Lackey resides in Mount Pleasant, S.C., with his wife, Kay.

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