Photo above – MG William G. O’Leksy (far right) dedicated the Adjutant General’s Corps Colors and activated the Corps (Regiment) in ceremonies at Fort Benjamin Harrison on 17 June 1987. Photo by Shirley Startzman. By COL (Ret) Frank C. Foster, Jr. (Article first written and published in the Summer of 1987) On 17…
AG Corps and AGCRA History Introduction
The Adjutant General’s Corps was created in 1775 before the United States declared its independence from Great Britain in 1776 and became a thriving nation. The AG Corps is rich in history from our early predecessors like Horatio Gates (first AG of the Army), COL Timothy Pickering (sixth AG of the Army) and Pickering’s successor, COL Alexander Scammel (seventh AG of the Army), all who served with George Washington; to our modern day heroes like LTG Timothy Maude and SGM Larry Strickland, both killed in action on September 11, 2001 when terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into The Pentagon.
This portion of the Association’s web site will capture articles and historical events that walk us through our AG Corp’s and AGCRA’s history, prestige, culture and relevance to the Army, Nation, and Association members.
We also request that our prominent “Grey Beard” population contribute their stories when they were in uniform to provide a more personal perspective of our Corps’ distinguished past from those who walked before us. Grey Beards can tell their story by submitting their article to Adjutant@agcra.com or History@agcra.com.
The historical AG Corps and AGCRA articles posted here should resonate with all Army HR professionals, both Soldiers and Civilians, whether you serve in a support role of maintaining personnel readiness and preparing units to deployed, to the execution of direct HR support across the force either in garrison or in combat. The AG Corps is truly unique in that not only must we serve as the human resources expert for our organization or unit, but we must be equally proficient and fully capable of placing ourselves in harm’s way and fight to defend the Nation. The articles posted here amplifies the significance of our Corps’ impact to the Army and its readiness to protect our great country since the Revolutionary War to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan today.
Defend and Serve!
The proud heritage of the Adjutant General’s Corps dates back to the formation of the American Army when on 16 June 1775, the Continental Congress established the position of Adjutant General on the staff of General George Washington. On 17 June, Congress selected Horatio Gates, a former officer in the…