U.S. ARMY SERVICE CAP FOR FIELD GRADE MILITARY INTELLIGENCE CORPS OFFICERS

Beginning in 2014, Warrant Officers in the pay grades W-3 to W-5 were authorized to wear the Field Grade service cap, previously allowed only for commissioned officers with the rank of Major, Lieutenant Colonel, or Colonel.

Our service cap for these commissioned and warrant officers in the Military Intelligence Corps features two arcs of oak leaves rendered in stunning gold bullion—a visual acknowledgement of the superior achievement and dedication to service necessary to be honored with promotion to Field Grade rank. The Oriental Blue and Silver Gray hatband indicates the wearer is a member of the Military Intelligence Corps, while the goldenlite chinstrap perfectly accentuates the golden braids on the hatband on the stripes found on the trousers of the Army Service Uniform.

Manufactured to meet or surpass all Army specifications, our service cap ships mounted and ready to wear.
 
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If Major General Ralph Van Deman is the “Father of American Military Intelligence,” then Major General Albert Stubblebine III might well be considered its “crazy uncle.”

A 1952 graduate of the United States Military Academy, Stubblebine was originally commissioned as an officer in the Armor Corps, then served as a Chemistry instructor at the Academy. In 1965, he began three years of duty at the U.S. Army Imagery Interpretation Center in the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Department of the Army (OACSI-DA), and in 1968 he joined the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. He later was assigned to G2, or Military Intelligence Staff, of the 25th Infantry Division, becoming just the third Military Intelligence Officer to serve as a primary staff officer in a combat division.

Returning to OACSI-DA, Stubblebine developed and helped implement the architecture of Army Intelligence at the echelons above corps level, and also conceived and developed the initial application of “Critical Node Targeting,” which journalist and former defense policy advisor Fred Kaplan succinctly describes as identifying “the smallest number of targets that the American military would have to destroy in order to make a huge impact on the course of a war.”

In 1971, Stubblebine assumed command of the U.S. Army Imagery Interpretation Center, and in the next six years he also served at the Defense Intelligence Agency and as commander of the 902nd Military Intelligence Group, Director of Intelligence Systems at Army Materiel Command, and Director of Tactical/Strategic Intelligence, OACSI-DA. Between 1977 and 1979, he commanded the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School, and from 1981 to 1984 held one of the highest-ranking Intelligence offices in the military: commanding general of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command.

It is a truly impressive record, and Stubblebine’s achievements are recognized by his inclusion in the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame. But what isn’t mentioned in his biography on the Hall of Fame’s Web sites are some of the projects he launched and guided in the 1970s. For example, his time as commander of the Electronic Research and Development Command is absent from his list of assignments, and it was around this time that he began looking into the possibilities of “psychic warfare,” including telekinesis (he “experimented” with attempts to make animals’ hearts explode through mental exertions) and remote viewing (using ESP to see or learn about objects or places at distant locations). Stubblebine was also convinced that, with the proper mental conditioning, he would able to walk through walls, but never achieved success.

According to investigative journalist Jon Ronson, Stubblebine’s career was brought to a premature end after he volunteered to display his paranormal powers to Army Chief of Staff General John Wickham by bending a spoon, Uri-Geller style, during a black-tie function.

The colorful Stubblebine retired from the Army in 1984, and beginning in the 1990s began to speak publicly about his efforts at creating psychic “super soldiers.” He passed away on February 6, 2017.
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