Dean "Rocket" Hall Awarded the The Unity Medal The name General Dean Hall is practically synonymous with USEC. Virtually every member to come through our doors has felt the influence of his presence. He has been with the organization since the first days, and is a founding father of the modern incarnation of the Unity Security Force.
Since the earliest days of USEC as a military arm of the Unity Virtual Aviation group, GEN Hall has been there. He enlisted with the organization on 1 April 2002, the same day that USEC formed. He served with remarkable distinction and helped define the organization. When USEC split into an independent organization, GEN Hall was right there leading the way. He was decorated and promoted in recognition of the countless days and hours he invested in recoding the entire site and his technical prowess has provided the state-of-the-art, feature rich website all members enjoy today.
USEC underwent two additional phases of restructuring and reorganization to get where it is today. GEN Hall is a chief architect of this rebirth. Early records of his, and other veterans, participation is hard to come by, except through the lore and spoken word of those veterans, but the records that live on today tell the tale of GEN Hall being a daring warrior and reliable presence on the Battlefield 2 servers, as well as his behind the scenes brilliance encoding the website.
In July 2005, the newest version of the USEC project began keeping records in the newly developed database. In September 2005, his contributions and value inspired the leadership to promote him to Major General. In his new rank, GEN Hall persisted as being among the key leaders and most influential members of the organization. Despite the comfort and personal glory holding the Major General rank may have brought him, GEN Hall and his officers radically reformed the rank system to be more realistic and in-line with military operations. As part of Project Reunite, he voluntarily accepted a reversion in grade down to Colonel in January 2007. His value was impossible to ignore for long, and with the resurging population filling the rosters, in March 2007, Hall once again donned the single star insignia of a Brigadier General. Just six short weeks later, the leadership elevated Hall to the rank of Major General in view of his extraordinary contributions to the success of the organization. A third star graced Hallís uniform in July of 2007 and he was the first person in USEC history to climb to the rank of Lieutenant General.
GEN Hall has served USEC in nearly every capacity that one can serve. His more recent appointments has seen him as a Logistics officer, Intelligence Officer, Training Officer, Recruiting Officer, Commander Air Forces, Commander Special Forces, Commander Maritime Forces, and most significantly, Chief of Staff. He is the chief artist behind almost all of the artwork that one can witness on the USEC website, including the recent revision of the entire Ranks, Medals and Badges inventory using spectacularly detailed 3d rendering. His contributions to the development of web-based content for the community are virtually immeasurable. GEN Hall has created, with feedback and input from the community, virtually every pixel of art that displays on the USEC website. The artwork alone is enough to show any potential recruit that USEC is a professional and squared away group. GEN Hall designed and published his own custom material for Flight Simulator X with the release of the P-3 Orion, and in Armed Assault with the F-117A Nighthawk, AAV-P, AAV-R, HH-60G, C-130J, the Maule M7, and most profoundly, the LHA UXS Syed. GEN Hall provides these creations free of charge to USEC members despite great monetary expense and even greater investment of his own time. This is yet another shining example of GEN Hallís selfless service to this community.
GEN Hall spends much of the time that the rest of the USEC community and various multinational force groups enjoys playing his products toiling over new designs for future products. Many of the details of his design testing are classified top secret information, but have led to immeasurable rewards not only for the USEC society, but for players and groups the world wide. Projects of special note include the recent development of custom Steyr weapon packages for Armed Assault 2; highly robust and detailed automated traffic controllers; heightened realism for all land-combat operations through rigorous interaction of the Logistics system; player-directed AI aircraft missions, such as ordering Air Transportation, providing laser-guided munitions drops on designated targets, and even the mundane mission of delivering cargo supplies to the field. The total immersion into a richly interactive, rapidly and dynamically evolving battle-space has emerged as a direct result of the hundreds of man-hours that GEN Hall has personally invested into these various projects.
GEN Hall invests countless hours and his own money into designing, supporting, hosting, and administering the USEC website. Despite these strains on his time and wallet, he is always cheerful and helpful to anyone who approaches him. He makes time for his soldiers and extends himself to great lengths, sometimes even personal hardships, to be available and supportive and to go that extra mile. GEN Hall is the greatest ambassador USEC could ask for.
GEN Hall does not lead from behind, and is one of USECís most decorated and involved members. GEN Hall has personally designed, authored and/or published almost every decorated operation to date, but his involvement hardly ends there. He has served as the Operational Commander of no fewer than six decorated combat operations, including Operation Cotton, Snowball, Firefly, Green Field, Tammarpok, and Dark Ice. His first recorded operational command directed F/A-18E airstrikes against simulated targets in Iraq, racking up a total of 21.7 flight hours. Operation Tammarpok still holds the record for the most flight hours logged in support of the mission with 636.9 total hours. The next closest mission in USEC history in terms of hours flown is Operation Firefly, also commanded by GEN Hall, and recorded 544.5 flight hours. All told, operations for which GEN Hall served as Operational Commander afforded USEC pilots and soldiers the opportunity to fly 1,411.7 hours and earn 43,605 combat points.
He has participated in countless missions, but perhaps his greatest accomplishment is in the authoring and publishing of 484 air mission taskings for other pilots. This is an extraordinary achievement, and earned him the Master Operational Planner ribbon, the first of its kind, in January 2009. GEN Hall is no stranger to the dirtier side of operations though. He has logged hundreds of flight hours, many of which were in support of operational contingencies.
GEN Hall is a selfless contributor to the Force, and he will quickly shuffle any credit or praise to another staff member rather than accept it all for himself. As the Chief of Staff, atop the chain-of-command, decorating him properly is a difficult proposition. However, former commanders and current peers have taken note of his exceptional value to the organization and have pinned several medals onto GEN Hallís virtual chest. He is the recipient of the Flying Cross, the Leadership Cross of Valor, the Guardian Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, two Gold Star of Merit medals, the Force Dedication Ribbon, two Meritorious Unit Citations, the Operational Commander ribbon, the Master Operational Planner ribbon, the 7-year service ribbon, 9 combat campaign ribbons, and 2 UN campaign ribbons. He is among the first recipients of the Infantryman Badge.
It is impossible to tell the terrific story of this proud and prestigious community without the name General Dean Hall being among the headlines. He has, and continues to serve this organization and community with extraordinary character and commitment. He is selflessly dedicated to the continued improvement of the landscape and the personnel who call USEC home. His service reflects great credit upon himself. He is a leader of men, trusted by all who encounter him. He is the heart of USEC and his influence will resonate through these halls forever.
Dean "Rocket" Hall Awarded the Basic Field Tactics Ribbon Certified on the completion of Basic Field Tactics assessment, and the award of the Basic Field Tactics Ribbon.
17 Apr 2009 Zulu
Dean "Rocket" Hall Awarded the Leadership Cross (Valor)
On 11 April 2009, USEC Forces deployed on a mission (Combat Report #413) to remove the operational capacity of an insurgent group believed to be operating in the area around Avgani, Iraq. USEC Forces deployed via C130 drop, and infiltrated a meeting between targets known to be part of the insurgency group. GEN Hall was the overall commander for the mission, as well as the commander for Alpha squad. GEN Hall coordinated the attacks, and during the evacuation (despite receiving heavy enemy fire) continued to call-in c130 equipment drops after the rescuing UH60 was shot down to enable personnel to continue defending the area without running out of ammunition. GEN Hall displayed outstanding leadership in a combat environment, in that he led the entire mission as well as a squad, including coordinating supply drops in the middle of an intense firefight.