Dr. Jerry Horton was born in Charleston, W.Va. September 6, 1947. He grew up in Charleston and entered the Army October 1967. While in service Dr. Horton served as an infantry squad leader in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969. He was wounded March 12, 1969 and spent six months assigned to Walter Reed Hospital. Dr. Horton received the Purple Heart for the wounds he suffered on March 12. He found out 30 years later during research for this book that he also received two Silver Star medals that he was never notified of 37 years ago. These medals were awarded to him in an official ceremony held at Ft. Carson in 2000. Dr. Horton holds a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Electrical Engineering, MBA and MSEE from University of Tennessee and BSEE from Louisiana State University. He has been a leader in his field in electrical engineering and for the last 16 years the President and Founder of Engineering Software Associates, a leader in Educational Classroom Software for colleges and universities. Dr. Horton now resides in Sarasota, Florida and is married. He has one son, one daughter, a step daughter and four grandchildren.
Required reading for all present and future leaders, this classic is for those who have to “get the job done”–military or not.
Dave Pendry’s insightful book takes a look back over his successful 27-year Army career from a noncommissioned officers perspective. He shares his tried and true leadership style with the reader based on anecdotes from his experiences, and causes the reader to look at their own self from the soldier’s perspective. A great read that any soldier of the past two decades will enjoy. //topsarge CSM (Ret.) Dan Elder
The Sergeants Major of the Army adds to the growing literature on the Army’s Noncommissioned Officer Corps, which has always stood proudly in the front ranks to serve the nation in war and peace. Daniel K. Elder and his fellow contributors tell two stories, an institutional one and a personal one. In the first part of the book they discuss the origin and growth of the Office of the Sergeant Major of the Army, explaining why someone saw a need for such an office and identifying who supported it in its infancy, who made it work, and why it has succeeded as well as it has. In the second part they introduce photographic portraits and biographical vignettes on the soldiers who have occupied this most important post over the past forty years, providing insights into their character, motivations, goals, and accomplishments. The career and life stories of the SMAs are both inspirational and instructive, giving today’s soldiers a useful perspective as the Army once again endeavors to transform itself into an even more effective institution.