Chiefs of Signal

1880 - 1947    1947 - Present

Major General Michael W. Ackerman

1996 - 1998

Major General Michael W. Ackerman received his Bachelor of Science degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. His military education includes graduation from the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, the Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.


A 1965 enlisted into the Army and a 1966 graduate of the Infantry Officer Candidate School, Major General Ackerman was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Infantry and has served more than 31 years in a variety of assignments, to include rifle platoon leader and Company Commander in the 2d Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Vietnam;


Attack helicopter platoon leader, 174th Aviation Company, Vietnam;


Instructor, Leadership Department, Fort Benning, Georgia;


Commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company and B Company, 124th Signal Battalion, Fort Carson, Colorado;


Communications electronics staff officer for the 24th Engineer Group and 18th Engineer Brigade, Germany;


Commander of the 56th Aviation Detachment, Germany;


Executive Officer of 82d Signal Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina;


Deputy Corps Signal Officer XVIII Airborne Corps and J6 for Combined U.S. Forces Grenada during the Urgent Fury rescue operation;


Commander of the 13th Signal Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas;


Chief of Concepts and Studies Division, and later Director of Combat Developments, Fort Gordon, Georgia;


Commander of the 3d Signal Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas; and J6, U.S. Southern Command;


Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon;


Vice Director Defense Wide, Control, Communications and Computers Support, J-6, the Joint Staff. Major General Ackerman assumed command of the United States Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon and simultaneously became the "Chief of Signal" on 1 October 1996.


Major General Ackerman's major decorations include the Distinguished Defense Service Medal, two awards of the Silver Star, two awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Superior Service Medal, two awards of the Legion of Merit, five awards of the Bronze Star with V device, four awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medals with V devices, Joint Service Commendation Medal, three awards of the Army Commendation Medal, two awards of the Purple Heart, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star. He is ranger qualified and is a recipient of the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and Senior Aviator Badge.





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