Chiefs of Signal
Major General Douglas D. Buchholz
1994 - 1996
MG Douglas D. Buchholz completed the Signal Officer Basic Course in 1968, the Communications Officer Course, and Airborne and Ranger training in 1969. From 1969, until early 1971, MG Buchholz served as Platoon Leader and Commander, Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 81st Artillery (Pershing), in Neu Ulm, Germany. In March 1971, he was assigned to United States Army, Vietnam, where he served as Force Development Officer and later as Commander, 510th Signal Company, 73d Signal Battalion, 1st Signal Brigade.
MG Buchholz attended the Signal Officer Advanced Course at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, graduating in February 1973. In March 1973, he became a graduate student at Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida. He graduated the next June with a Master of Science Degree in Procurement and Contract management. His next three years were spent at the U. S. Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama as a Procurement, Production and Contracting Officer.
In June 1977, MG Buchholz returned at first as Assistant S3 and, later, as the S3, 141st Signal Battalion, 1st Armored Division. In 1980, he went to the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. He followed this with an assignment as Procurement Officer and the Executive Officer, Office of the Program Manager, MI Tank Systems, U. S. Army Tank Automotive Command, Warren, Michigan, from June 1981 to February 1983.
In March 1983, MG Buchholz went to Fort Lewis, Washington, as Commander, 9th Signal Battalion, 9th Infantry Division. Twenty-six months later, he was sent to the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF), at Fort McNair, Washington, DC, graduating in June 1986. After ICAF, he was assigned as Chief of Communications, Interoperability and Manpower Division, C3I Directorate, U. S. Army Combined Arms Center, from June 1986 to June 1988.
After two years as a combat development officer, MG Buchholz became Commander, 3d Signal Brigade, III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas, on 14 June 1988. Here, he was the first to field a Corps level Mobile Subscriber Equipment tactical communications system to the Army. Returning to Washington, DC in July 1990, he became Military Secretary for the Military Communications-Electronics Board, Office of the G-6, Joint Staff. In July 1991, he became a Brigadier General and Deputy Director, Unified and Specified Command Support, Command, Control, Communications and Computer Directorate, the Joint Staff. BG Buchholz became Deputy Commanding General at the U. S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon in August 1993. MG Buchholz became Commander on 15 July 1994.
His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters and the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He is Airborne and Ranger qualified.