Chiefs of Signal
Major General Thurman D. Rodgers
Thurman Donell Rodgers was born in Cookeville, Tennessee on 1 December 1934. In 1957, he was commissioned a second lieutenant and awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Tennessee Technological University. Rodgers also holds an advanced degree in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. His military education includes completion of the Signal School, the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the United States Army War College.
Rodgers' major assignments have included Personnel Management Officer, Signal Branch, Officer Personnel Directorate, Office of Personnel Operations, United States Army, Washington, D.C.; staff member of the Satellite Branch, Communications Systems Directorate, J-6, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and commander of the 51st Signal Battalion, I Corps, ROK/US Group, Korea.
In June 1976, he was assigned first as staff officer and then as Chief, Plans Branch, Plans and Operations Division, Office of the Chief Legislative Liaison, United States Army, Washington, D.C. In August 1977, he was assigned as Deputy Commander, 7th Signal Brigade, United States Army Europe, Germany. Then from March 1979 to April 1981, he served as Commander of the 7th Signal Brigade. He returned to Washington, D.C. in May 1981, where he assumed duties as Deputy Director for Systems Development, Integration and Engineering, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans.
In April 1982, Rodgers became the Commander, United States Army Communications Systems Agency/Project Manager, DCS (Army), Fort Monmouth and the Commander, United States Army Communications-Electronics Engineering Installation Agency, Fort Huachuca. From 27 September 1983, until 3 June 1986, he was the Commanding General of the United States Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon. During a change of command ceremony, on 3 June 1986, at Fort Gordon, MG Rodgers briefly assumed the position of Chief Signal Officer before relinquishing command to MG Bruce R. Harris and before his promotion to lieutenant general. He served as Assistant Chief of Staff for Information Management, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Information Management, DA and Director, Information Systems for Command, Control, Communications and Computers, Office of the Secretary of the Army. In June 1988, LTG Rodgers assumed command of the USAISC.