Chiefs of Signal

1880 - 1947    1947 - Present

Major General Jan E.A. Hicks

2002 - 2005

Major General Hicks assumed duties as the Commander, U.S. Army Signal Center, Commandant, of the Signal School, and the thirtieth Chief of Signal on 7 August 2002. Just prior, she served as the Director for C4, J-6, United States Pacific Command. She hails from Des Moines, Iowa. Granted a direct commission in the U.S. Army on March 17, 1975, she attended the Women Officers’ Orientation Course at Fort McClellan, Alabama. 


Upon completing her initial entry training in October 1975, Major General Hicks was assigned to the 41st Signal Battalion in Korea. She was subsequently assigned to the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, from April 1977 to June 1981, where she served as Platoon Leader, Division Radio Officer, and Company Commander. After the Signal Officer Advanced Course, she remained at the Signal Center to teach the Signal Officer Basic and Advanced Courses until assigned to Fort Richardson, Alaska, in January 1985. There she served as Logistics Officer in U.S. Army Information Systems Command-Alaska, followed by S3 then XO, 6th Signal Battalion, 6th Infantry Division (Light). Following this assignment, she served in U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, from February 1989 to June 1992. 


Major General Hicks commanded the 125th Signal Battalion, 25th Infantry Division (Light) from June 1992 to June 1994. After attending the Army War College, she assumed duties as Chief, Signal Branch, PERSCOM, in Alexandria, Virginia. In June 1997, she assumed command of the 516th Signal Brigade with concurrent duties as Deputy Chief of Staff for Information Management, U.S. Army, Pacific (DCSIM, USARPAC) at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. From July 1999 to May 2000, Hicks served as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon, Georgia. 


Major General Hicks’s military education includes the Signal Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Airborne School, Communications-Electronics Staff Officer Course, Command and General Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College and Army War College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in French language and literature from Simpson College, in central Iowa, and a graduate degree in Education from Georgia Southern University. 


Her awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Humanitarian Service Award.





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