Ronald E. Chronister
Dedicated Leader and Mentor
Inducted in 2013
Ronald E. Chronister has been a U.S. Army civil servant for more than 30 years, proud of the opportunity to serve with soldiers and families from all of the U.S. uniformed services. Chronister has held a variety of engineering, logistics and leadership positions during this timeframe and since August 2012 has served as the deputy to the commander, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., responsible, in the support of the commander, for generation of operational space and missile defense capabilities through the integration of operational forces, capability development and materiel development functions within SMDC/ARSTRAT.
Prior to this assignment Chronister served as the deputy to the commanding general, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., responsible for the day-to-day readiness of the U.S. Army aviation and missile fleets. He has also served in senior-level positions as the executive director, Integrated Materiel Management Center, and Engineering Directorate, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. He has been a member of the U.S. Army Senior Executive Service since October 2005.
Chronister’s engineering accomplishments include the development of an affordable manufacturing process for micromechanical electromagnetic systems (MEMS) gyros and accelerometers, the development of low-cost state-of-the-art composites for Army aviation helicopters and the development of electronic obsolescence programs that saved the Army hundreds of millions of dollars. He was the architect of the Army aviation and missile prototype integration capability that stood in 2002 as the Prototype Integration Facility, a capability that utilizes existing capabilities to develop lower cost modification solutions to Army helicopters and missile systems. The results to date include the completion of thousands of projects, from small cable design and assembly to major modifications on all Army helicopter platforms, saving hundreds of millions of dollars, but more importantly providing rapid response capabilities to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Chronister is a proud graduate of The University of Alabama College of Engineering, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 1982. He also earned a Master of Science degree in program management from the Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, Calif., in 2002, graduating with distinction and as the recipient of the Army Scholastic Achievement Award. He was inducted as a University of Alabama College of Engineering Distinguished Fellow in 2010. Chronister also was the recipient of the 2011 U.S. Army Presidential Rank Award as a Distinguished Executive, the 2011 Secretary of the Army Award for Diversity and Leadership and the 2010 Secretary of the Army Award for Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.
Chronister’s greatest, most-prized accomplishments are those associated with leading and mentoring many personnel throughout his career and having the blessing of the positive impact of thousands of soldiers and civilians in his life, each and every one of which having assisted him in becoming the selfless civil servant he has desired to become.
Chronister credits and shares all of his accomplishments with his family: wife Susan, sons Keith and Kyle, daughter Kelly Davis and her husband Robert, and parents Eugene and Earnestine Chronister. Chronister resides in Athens, Ala., with his wife.