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“LTG Paige my time with you at USAISC at Ft Huachuca as DCSOPS and Senior Training NCO for the command were priceless. You would call me from DC and...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Gale Doyle - Argyle, TX

“Rest in Peace ”
2 of 27 | Posted by: Clyde and Earline Craighead - NJ

“You will be missed. You've worked hard and now you get to rest... will always remember your contagious smile. Love you always... ”
3 of 27 | Posted by: Carmen Ebanks-Hogans - FL

“Gen. Paige, thank you for being there, you were my inspirationTrent Rawley ”
4 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“I offer my sincere condolences to LTG Emmett Paiges family. Know that your father, grandfather and great grandfather had a profound effect on many...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: George Lane - Silver Spring, MD

“Thank you, Sir, for letting me be a Passenger on your Train of Life. Rest in Heaven. <3 ”
6 of 27 | Posted by: BA King - Fort Huachuca, AZ

at Fort Huachuca, Arizona in 1997 “My Dearest General Emmett, I can find no words to truly express the pain andheartbreak I am feeling right now, knowing you are no longer here with us...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: BA King - Fort Huachuca, AZ

“The many hours spent under your tutelage are among my most treasured memories. ”
8 of 27 | Posted by: Clinton Scott - Silver Spring, MD

“The Nation has lost a fierce warrior, a remarkable leader and a strong patriot that will not be forgot by those of us that were fortunate to served...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: John Grimes - Alexandria, VA

“I have been privileged to work with General Paige at the OAO Corporation; he was the consummate leader and rolemodel. May he have peace with the...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Willis Meeks - Rancho Cucamonga, CA

“We have lost a Hero, a mentor and a good friend. God bless and our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy go out to the members of the Paige family. ”
11 of 27 | Posted by: COL Frank Francois III - VA

“Sandra, Michael and Tony, your father was a national treasure. He served this country with distinction and with the utmost integrity. Some of the...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Al and Jacquie Edmonds - Burke, VA

“Send my prayers to the family. It was an honor to work for General Paige as part of his Command Group Staff for ERADCOM in Adelphi, MD. ”
13 of 27 | Posted by: Ellen Freeman - Adelphi, MD

“Gen. Paige had the unique ability to provide great wisdom in every conversation. I can honestly say that I learned something new with each...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Tony Marshall - Raleigh, NC

“God speed noble servant. ”
15 of 27 | Posted by: David Dempsey - Upper Marlboro, MD

“He was my family member mentor and friend throughout both of our careers ”
16 of 27 | Posted by: Willie Stokes - Tampa, FL

“In loving memory of our dear cousin Emmett. Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. ”
17 of 27 | Posted by: Luther & Ruth Core - Riverview, FL

“Our condolences to our family and friends, Emmett was someone I have always looked up him. ”
18 of 27 | Posted by: Ray Evans - Jacksonville, FL

“Condulinces to family and friends. It was a great privilege knowing and working with this very sage man.Joe Cipriano Weaverville, NC ”
19 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“LTG Paige...A great leader but overall he was a great man. RIP Sir! ”
20 of 27 | Posted by: Robert King - Haymarket, VA

“Had the wonderful pleasure of playing in LTG Paige's golf foursome at FT. Huachuca his last 2 years there. He was a very nice person, GOD BLESS his...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Billy Howard - Reno, NV

“LTG Paige was my commander in the Communications System Command , CSA, and allowed me to become a much better officerThe Country, the Army and I will...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Fred Stein - Georgetown, TX

“The Core Family salutes you and remains in awe of your perseverance, humility, and commitment to service. Your legacy will inspire us for generations...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Glenn Evans - Livingston, NJ

“God knows the sorrow of your hearts. He will help you to cope with your loss. ”
24 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“RIP Cousin Emmett. You've served God, our Family and Country well. You've made our Ancestors proud! ”
25 of 27 | Posted by: High Chief Nathaniel B. Styles, Jr. - FL

“When I think of how someone thought we'd be a good match, and I said 'no way'; but in the end not only did you become my boss, but you were my mentor...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Jackie Hunt - Washington, DC

“Saying goodbye to a great General and great friend. May we meet again. ”
27 of 27 | Posted by: CWO (Ret) David & Sharon Campbell - AZ


Lieutenant General (R) and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence LTG Emmett Paige, Jr., 86, died peacefully in his Fort Washington, MD home on August 31, 2017. When 16-year-old Emmett Paige, Jr. dropped out of high school in 1947 to enlist in the Army, he likely had little inkling that he would begin a career of military service that would span over 41 years. After spending five years as an enlisted man and NCO, Paige, who would rise to the rank of lieutenant general, was accepted to and completed the Signal Corps Officers' Candidate School. In 1952, he was commissioned a second lieutenant. He served in various Signal units over the years, including the 40th and 41st Signal Construction Battalions and the 9th Signal Battalion. Serving with the 57th Signal Company in Yongsan, Korea, he had responsibility for all fixed plant communications serving the United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea, and the Eighth Army. During the Vietnam War, he commanded the 361st Signal Battalion in Vietnam and the 11th Signal Group based at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. General Paige went on to serve two tours with the Defense Communications Agency; commanded the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Engineering and Installation Agency at Fort Huachuca, the Army's Communications Systems Agency and Communications Research and Development Com- mand at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey; the Army's Electronics Research and Development Command, Adelphi, Maryland; and the Army Information Systems Command at Fort Huachuca. Following his retirement in 1988, General Paige became President and Chief Operating Officer of OAO Corporation, an aerospace and information Systems Company in Greenbelt, Maryland. He was "recalled" to active duty in 1993, when he was confirmed by the Senate as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence. He served in this post until 1997, when he returned to OAO. Among General Paige's awards and decorations are the Distinguished Service Medal with oak-leaf cluster; the Legion of Merit with two oak-leaf clusters; a Bronze Star; and the Meritorious Service Medal. He was inducted by the Signal Regiment as a Distinguished Member in 1990, along with his appointment as Honorary Colonel of the Regiment. General Paige is also the recipient of "Information Week" magazine's "Chief Information Officer of the Year" award in 1987; the Armed forces communications-Electronics Association's Distinguished Service Medal in 1988; the Data Processing Management Association's Distinguished Information Sciences Award; the University of Maryland/Baltimore County's Engineer of the Year and Black Engineer Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995; "Communications Week" magazine's Visionary Award of the Year in 1996; and the Boy Scouts of America's Silver Beaver Award for Distinguished Service to Youth in 1997. He is survived by his daughter Sandra Alexander; two sons, Anthony Paige and Micheal Davis (Denise); eight grandchildren, Marquies (Sara), Tia, James, Lauren, Cory, Antonio, Cara (Ross) and Mackenzie; four great-grandchildren, Jaida, Miles, Jordin and Liam; sister, Alezeta Wilson; 10 nieces and nephews, a host of other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his wife, Gloria. Donations can be sent to the Northern Virginia Urban League in behalf of LTG Emmett Paige Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship, www.NVULLTGPAIGE.ORG.,; 1315 Duke Street, Alexandria Virginia 22314.LTG

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