It too is with unspeakable sadness that I learned today of Dale's passing. I had the rare privilege and honor to be involved with CAPT Gardner during the nascent days of Space Defense / Space Control. In the mid- to late 80's, Dale personally--and with tireless professionalism--established this mission's identity and integrated it into the fabric of United States Space Command. I will never forget his humility, commitment to America and mission, and care for those who had the pleasure to work with and for him. With a world starved for selfless leadership, his passing has made our journey much more formidable. Sherry, our prayers to you and your family.