Major General Neil S. Hersey assumed duties as the Commanding General, Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon on 6 June 2019 after serving as the Deputy Commanding General, Cyber Center of Excellence, and Commandant of the U.S. Army Cyber School at Fort Gordon, GA.
He commissioned through ROTC into military intelligence, and is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Major General Hersey’s command tours in aviation and military intelligence units include Aerial Reconnaissance Company, 1st MI Battalion, V Corps; Mission Troop, United States Office of Military Support; 1st MI Battalion, 66th MI Brigade, INSCOM; 21st Cavalry Brigade (Air Combat), FORSCOM; and Joint Task Force ODIN, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.
His key staff assignments as a cyber warfare, aviation, and intelligence officer include service as the Deputy Director for Operations (J3) at USCENTCOM, the Director of Operations (J3) at the Cyber National Mission Force and Joint Task Force Ares, U.S. Cyber Command, the Director for aviation and air sensors at U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, the Intelligence Chief for the 19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment, U.S. Army Europe, and senior staff positions in special operations.
His combat and operational experience includes multiple deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan; Operations Deny Flight, Joint Endeavor, Joint Guard, Joint Forge, Bosnia Herzegovina and Hungary; and Operation Allied Force, Albania and Kosovo. Most recently, he led Joint Task Force ODIN in Afghanistan, a multi-functional aviation and intelligence brigade Joint Task Force supporting U.S. Forces Afghanistan.
He holds masters degrees in National Security Strategy and Military Applied Arts and Sciences from the National Defense University and the Air University. He is a graduate of the Military Intelligence basic and advanced courses, the U.S. Army rotary-wing and fixed-wing courses, the U.S. Air Force Command and General Staff College, the National War College, Ranger, Airborne, and Air Assault schools. General Hersey is a special operations qualified master aviator, rated in multiple rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft, with over 3700 total flight hours, over 1700 hours in combat and contingency operations.
His awards and decorations are typical of an officer of his rank and time in service. He is married and has two children.