Hall of Honor
Warrant Officer Four Joe Duncum enlisted in the Texas Army National
Guard on June 25th, 1948 as a Private in Headquarters Company of the
36th Infantry Division, where he served as a driver, company clerk and
supply sergeant. At the age of 21, he was appointed as a Warrant Officer
in 1952 and served as a unit administrator with additional duties as a
personnel and logistics officer.
On March 8th, 1955 Chief Duncum received his appointment to Chief
Warrant Officer and was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer Three on March
8th, 1961. Over the next six years, he would serve as a Criminal
Investigator with the 36th MP Company.
In March of 1967, Chief Duncum was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer
Four and was reassigned as a cryptographic technician to the 236th
Signal Company, and would forge an alliance with III Corps, whereby
active duty and guard units trained together one weekend per month. He
also assumed responsibility of the 236th Army Band, with additional duty
as the personnel, logistics and training officer. Chief Duncum
enthusiastically welcomed difficult challenges and performed all of his
tasks in an outstanding and professional manner.
In November of 1973, Chief Duncum was reassigned to the 149th MP Company
as a Criminal Investigator and Training Officer. Two years later, he
would find himself assigned to the state headquarters serving as the
Headquarters Detachment Personnel Technician and the Class A Agent for
the TXARNG Academy.
In September of 1983, Chief Duncum was reassigned as a Unit Supply
Technician and worked extensively with the National Guard Bureau's
Command Logistics Review Team to ensure Texas Army Guard units were in
compliance with Department of the Army logistics policy, procedures and
regulations. He also represented the USPFO for Texas at Camp Ethan
Allen, Vermont when Texas guardsmen trained with their peers from Great
Britain and Europe and coordinated logistical support for the Battalion,
141st Infantry Battalion's annual training at Camp Ripley Minnesota.
Throughout his nearly forty two years of military service, Chief Warrant
Officer Four Duncum demonstrated the highest degree of technical
competency in the fields of food service, personnel administration and
logistics management and trained and mentored many Warrant Officers who
are serving as supervisors today.
Chief Warrant Officer Four Duncum 's long and faithful service to the
State of Texas and its military forces is unsurpassed. He is the
recipient of numerous State and Federal Awards and at the time of his
retirement on May 30, 1990 he was the senior Chief Warrant Officer Four
within the Department of the Army, with more than 23 years of time in
grade. He and his wife Linda reside in Alpine Texas.
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