InfoAge Wall of Honor – 2009

William J. Kenneally spent a lifetime serving his country in both military and civilian service.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from Providence College in 1957 followed by a Master’s in Physics from Drexel in 1961.

From his graduation from Providence until he began work at Ft. Monmouth in 1962, he was a Project Engineer at the Martin Marietta Corporation, Baltimore, Maryland working on the P5M Anti-Submarine Warfare program and he served as a Lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps stationed at the Signal Corps Research and Development Laboratory at Camp Evans, Ft Monmouth, NJ where he was responsible for the development of an automatic terrain following flight control system for Army helicopters.

At Ft. Monmouth, he became the Chief of the Advanced Avionics Systems Division of the U.S. Army Avionics R&D Laboratory where he was responsible for the translation of operational requirements (IFR landing system, terrain following, station keeping, navigation, and communications) into avionic system designs.  He initiated and led the development of a large scale manned simulation facility – the Tactical Avionics and System Simulator (TASS) to support avionics research. He also initiated the development of the Research Aircraft for the Visual Environment (RAVE) – a uniquely modified model of a US Marine Corps CH-53E helicopter – to study issues of night low level flight operations.  In 1973 he earned his MS in Human Factors from New York University.

From 1974-82, he was the AMC Project Officer for the Stand-Off Target Acquisition RADAR (SOTAS), an airborne MTI radar integrated with a ground-based computer processing system and he became the SOTAS Deputy Project Manager responsible for the technical management of the Program that included three major development efforts:  the radar/ground station, Black Hawk helicopter modifications, and the A/J data link.  In 1981 he graduated from the U.S. Army War College.

After SOTAS, he was the Army Technical Director in the Joint STARS JPO at Hanscom Field and Fort Monmouth where he was responsible for the coordination and integration of Army operational requirements with those of the Air Force; and from 1985-88, he was the Deputy for EW/RSTA (Electronic Warfare/Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition) at Camp Evans.  He also he managed the Fort Monmouth Office of the System Planning Corporation where he led system-level studies addressing critical topics to include Forward Area Air Defense, Joint STARS ECCM and Combat ID.

From 1993 until his retirement in 2005 Mr. Kenneally worked as the Technical Manager for Intelligence and Electronics Warfare in the Battlefield Systems Division of the MITRE Corporation in Eatontown, NJ where he was the technical lead for a number of system engineering studies for advanced IEW systems.  He authored several studies on combat identification and large sale IEW simulations and field tests.

He has received several awards from the Department of the Army including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Exceptional Service Medal, and was twice awarded the US Army R&D Award for Technical Achievement.  In 1998, Mr. Kenneally, Mr. Charles Fowler and Mr. John Entzminger, Jr. received the Pioneer Award from the Aerospace Electronics Systems Society of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. for their pioneering engineering contributions and leadership in the development of the highly complex Joint STARS (ARMYA/IR FORCE) Weapon system.

Mr. Kenneally has been happily married to his wife Joan for 51 years.  They are the proud parents of Lynn A. Kenneally, Sharon K. Baxter, Laura A. Kenneally, Scott W. Kenneally and Shauna M. Van de Graaff as well as fourteen beautiful grandchildren.

Posted April 3, 2017