HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Army Materiel Command added six new members to its Hall of Fame Tuesday. It honors those soldiers and civilians who have made significant contributions to AMC and the Army in support of the joint warfighter. The goal is to preserve AMC’s history and recognize exceptional leadership, service and dedication of former members.
With 31 nominees, the AMC narrowed it down to six inductees, ranging from scientists, to engineers, to even one who worked on the Arsenal before World War II. "That's the kind of quality of people, and I'm honored to be up here next to them," said James Flinn. "I’m very excited, this was totally unexpected."
Flinn was among those being honored. "I started with Army Materiel Command as an intern," he said.
From there, he worked his way up and traveled all over the country with the AMC. Although, he says he didn't get to where he is today alone. "I never thought that the work that I did would end up like this," said Flinn. "I did think that all of the work that people did out at Redstone at Missile Command and Aviation and missile command across AMC, they deserve it.”
“It's just a small way to really pay tribute to their really phenomenal careers, in what they've accomplished in their lifetimes and how that still contributes to the army we have today," said AMC Commanding General Dennis Via.
This is the third class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and General Via hopes the stories attached to each name encourage others to follow suit. "They represent the entire command and all 65,000 employees we have AMC."
The six members of the 2015 AMC Hall of Fame induction class are James L. Flinn, III; Henry B. Jones; Arthur R. Keltz; Dr. Walter S. McAfee; Lewis J. Ashley and Fredrick J. Clas.
They're already working on choosing the 2016 inductees.