Remembering General Tuttle, Leading Logistics Expert and Former LMI President
November 25, 2020
The Legacy of a True Servant Leader
William G.T. Tuttle Jr., retired Army four-star general and LMI’s ninth president, passed away on November 9, 2020, at his home in Fairfax, Virginia. Highlights of his military career include serving as commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command and U.S. Army Logistics Center. As the Army’s senior logistician, General Tuttle commanded 100,000 soldiers and civilians. He also served in the Pentagon as the Army’s Director of Force Management, at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe as Chief of the Policy and Program Branch, and as a representative to NATO’s Defense Review Committee.
Following his military retirement, General Tuttle led LMI from 1993 to 2001 and served as a board trustee until 2009. After hearing of his death internally, numerous LMIers recounted powerful anecdotes of their interactions with him. General Tuttle was a true servant leader—long before this leadership philosophy became popular in recent years. To honor his legacy, we share some of these anecdotes.
I came to LMI in 1998 and was privileged to work during General Tuttle’s tenure. The first amazing thing I learned about him was his habit of walking the halls to greet people, ask how they were doing, and listen to their suggestions and comments. This habit was a reflection not only of his humanity but also of the culture of LMI. General Tuttle knew everyone by name and what they did to help LMI grow and give good service to our clients. He was the personification of LMI, and I am proud to have known him.
— John Ward, Proposal Manager, Business Development
He was the personification of LMI, and I am proud to have known him.
I am a director of a nonprofit with an international outreach—the Fallen Heroes Portrait Project. As we were beginning our outreach in early 2006, we needed to contact families of fallen heroes from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to offer them hand-drawn portraits of their loved ones at no charge. I discussed this with General Tuttle and the next thing I knew, I was at a meeting with the top personnel generals (G-1s) for each military service. With their endorsement, we sent over 4,000 personal letters to each family, offering them a portrait at no charge from internationally acclaimed artist Michael Reagan. General Tuttle made that happen. I found him to always be like that—approachable, kind, and one who did what he said he would do.
— Eric Herzberg, Fellow, Logistics Engineering
I found him to always be like that—approachable, kind, and one who did what he said he would do.
My most vivid memory of General Tuttle was when he was a two-star. I was a second lieutenant and marched in his change of command ceremony. It poured on the day of the ceremony, yet General and Mrs. Tuttle stood in the rain and got soaked just like all of us. He truly led by example with every fiber of his being.
— Heidi Graham, Principal, Management Strategy
He truly led by example with every fiber of his being.
While I did not work with General Tuttle during his tenure as president, I had the pleasure of being his tennis partner a number of times through the LMI tennis club. I remember feeling intimidated when I learned from the monthly pairing list that I was partners with someone of General Tuttle’s stature in one of my first matches. I was pleasantly surprised when I was greeted by his warm smile and a friendly handshake prior to the match. I could tell that he took a genuine interest in those around him, and he had earned tremendous respect from all the current and former LMIers in the group.
— Charles Baldwin, Project Manager, Health Management
I could tell that he took a genuine interest in those around him, and he had earned tremendous respect from all the current and former LMIers in the group.
I was fortunate to come to LMI during General Tuttle’s time as president. His ideals of empathic, servant leadership; the upside-down pyramid (“I work for you” philosophy); walking around and warmly greeting the staff; and having lunch with one research fellow each month were the unique qualities that made him a true leader. Once he met you, he would always greet you by name and never forgot you. He will live on in our hearts!
— Rinku Deol, Principal Technical Advisor, Healthcare Advisory
Once he met you, he would always greet you by name and never forgot you. He will live on in our hearts!