Chief Warrant Oﬃcer 4 William F. Hale (Retired)
William F. Hale entered the Army in August 1972, and completed basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana. He began his specialty training, Sergeant Missile Crewman at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in January 1973. By 1991, after advancing through many training courses and assignments, Hale was the Lance Office Basic Course Senior Instructor in the Weapons Department at Fort Sill. Two years later he was the lead in the Lance De-Militarization Team operating in South Korea and Europe.
Haleís deployments included South Korea, Germany, Greece and Europe. He participated in the first Team Spirit Exercise in South Korea, and the Return of Forces Exercises (REFORGER) in Europe. He retired from the Army in January 1992 after firing 400 Lance Missiles throughout his career. After retiring, he was recruited as a contractor for the United States Missile Command to establish a Lance Missile Target Program. From 1993 to present he has fired over seventy Lance Missiles as test targets.
"The Eastern Block identified the Lance System as a critical asset to NATOís Defense (sic) effort in Europe. Defeating the Lance System would have been critical to the Russianís (sic) ability to funnel Armored Divisions through the Fulda Gap and defeat NATO defenses in West Germany, especially after the Neutron Atomic Warhead Section was developed for the Lance System."
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Location. 40° 12.15′ N, 77° 9.491′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Armyís New 50-Ton Killer (here, next to this marker); Reforger (here, next to this marker); Team Spirit (here, next to this marker); Cold War (a few steps from this marker); From Chu Lai to the Fulda Gap (within shouting distance of this marker); The "Duster" (within shouting distance of this marker); "Tigers in Support" (within shouting distance of this marker); Integrity (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
Categories. • War, Cold •
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