Texas Military Forces
Hall of Honor
Warrant Officer Four James E. Berry enlisted in the Texas Army National
Guard on December 19th, 1960, as a member of Company D, 949th
Maintenance Battalion. He mobilized with his unit in 1961, during the
49th Armored Division's activation at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and again in
1968, with the 113th Light Maintenance Company, at Fort Sill Oklahoma.
On February 6th, 1979, Chief Berry received his appointment to Warrant
Officer. Over the next ten years, he would provide expert technical
advice and support of maintenance operations, at home and abroad. From
working with TF 3-141 at Base Camp Lone Star, in Honduras in 1985, to
forming the Maintenance Assistance and Instruction Team, Chief Berry
enthusiastically welcomed difficult challenges and performed all of his
tasks in an outstanding and professional manner.
Throughout his thirty eight years of military service, Chief Warrant
Officer Four Berry, demonstrated the highest degree of technical
competency in the field of weapons maintenance and trained many direct
and organizational support maintenance mechanics who are serving as
supervisors, today. In April of 1998, as an expert in his field, Chief
Berry was selected to train Officers in the Czech Republic on the Army's
Oil Analysis Program and assisted them in developing their on-going
Weapons Systems Maintenance Program.
Chief Warrant Officer Four Berry's long and faithful service to the
State of Texas and its military forces is unsurpassed. His legacy is
reflected in the continuing use of his booklet "Simplified Armament
Accuracy Checks" that he developed for the M60A3, M1 and M1A1 main
battle tanks, specifically designed for 49th Armored Division tankers
and their crews.
Chief Berry graduated from Gatesville High School and attended Central
Texas College. Among his numerous awards are the Texas Faithful Service
Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve
Medal, The Texas Medal of Merit, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army
Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Lone Star
Distinguished Service Medal.
Chief Warrant Officer Four Berry's irreproachable character, prestigious
record and outstanding performance of duty reflect the highest credit
upon himself his family, the State of Texas and the Army National Guard.
Chief Warrant Officer Four Berry, retired on August 23rd , 1998, and
currently resides in Gatesville, Texas, with his wife Wanda.
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