U.S. Army Operational Testers' Hall of Fame



The U.S. Army Operational Testers' Hall of Fame was originally opened at TEXCOM's 25th Anniversary celebration October 4, 1994, and is the Army's only Hall of Fame that honors distinguished people in the operational test community.

This Hall of Fame is representative of the long and proud history of the military and civilians who have been prominent in the conduct of military tests and experimentation since 1856.

From that very first Army operational test of the Camel Corps at Camp Verde, Texas, to the equipment Soldiers will use in the 21st century, it has been--and will be--independent operational testers that are out front forging the way.




Operational testing has always meant putting new equipment into the hands of the average Soldier and collecting information on how well the equipment, or concept, works under battlefield conditions.  Throughout the distinguished history of operational testing, Army test organizations went through reorganizations, re-designations, moves, and numerous other changes to keep pace with the changing battlefield environment of the Soldier.  However, one thing remained constant--the unheralded selfless service and dedication to the Soldier by the military and civilians in the operational test community.

This Hall of Fame provides an opportunity to record the history of operational testing through the outstanding deeds of its people.  The inductees represent the cross-section of field testers, leaders, analysts, instrumenters, and thousands of others who have significantly contributed to the "search for the truth" through independent operational testing.

This Hall of Fame is sponsored by USAOTC and is operated under an official set of by-laws.  Individuals are nominated by their peers and elected each year by a board of directors.  Annual induction ceremonies are conducted in October.