General (Retired) John T.
into the SARCA Hall of Fame
Throughout his thirty-nine years of commissioned service, Major General Crowe exemplified the role of the citizen-soldier. Commissioned through ROTC in 1960, he served on active duty as a Field Artillery officer with service in Greece. Upon leaving active duty, he entered the Army Reserve and built a successful law practice. He served in leadership roles in a multitude of civic, business and professional activities. In each of his military and civilian assignments, he was known as a trainer and mentor to all with whom he served.
As Commanding General of the 319th Transportation Brigade he initiated Exercise Golden Cargo. Golden Cargo was an exercise that moved thousands of tons of ammunition across five or more states, using National Guard and Army Reserve units to save the Army millions of dollars in shipping costs while providing unsurpassed training for Transportation, Ordnance and Quartermaster Corps troops.
As Commanding General of the 311th Corps Support Command (the only Reserve Component Corps Support Command supporting an Active Duty Corps), he trained Active Army, Army Reserve and National Guard logisticians from over forty states – and managed spare parts for all Active and Reserve Army bases West of the Mississippi, including the National Training Center. And as Chairman of the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee, he fought tirelessly to improve understanding between the three components of the Army, and to ensure that the equipping, training and funding requirements of each were understood and supported by all.
During his tenure as Chairman of the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee, the committee unanimously recommended the approval of a third star for the Chief, Army Reserve and the Director of the Army National Guard. (That may not seem significant today, but in 1998 it was no small feat to get all three components to agree on that subject.)
Major General Crowe’s contributions to SARCA are numerous and span many years. He has been a stalwart on the Executive Committee and served on a number of committees. He currently co-chairs the SARCA Issues Committee.
His decorations and service medals include the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, and the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters. Major General Crowe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctor Degree, both from the University of Santa Clara, California. He completed the Field Artillery Officer Career Course and the Transportation Corps Field Grade Officer Course. He is a graduate of Command and General Staff College and the Senior Reserve Component Officers Course at the Army War College.
An attorney practicing in Visalia, California, MG Crowe is counsel for several major corporations and is President of the Wilson Ranch Company. He is married to the former Marina Protopapa, whom he met while a First Lieutenant stationed in Greece. They have one daughter Erin. Erin has enlisted in the Army, and will report to Fort Jackson, South Carolina in April of this year.