Major General Mitchell L. Kilgo assumed duties as the 16th Commander of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) and Senior Commander of Aberdeen Proving Ground on June 20, 2019.
As the commanding general for a 9,000-person, two-star global command and the senior commander of a 28,000-person military base, General Kilgo serves as the U.S. Army’s command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C5ISR) materiel integrator. He is responsible for enabling the U.S. Army’s warfighting readiness by providing sustainable global C5ISR support.
Raised in Newport News, Virginia, General Kilgo entered active duty in January 1988 after graduating from Virginia Union University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Natural Sciences. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Systems Technology, (Joint Command, Control, and Communications) from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Science Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.
During his 31 years as an Army officer, General Kilgo served in a variety of command and staff positions, including Deputy G6 and Executive Officer, 122nd Signal Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division; G6 for U.S. Army Japan, Camp Zama, Japan; Deputy CIO/J6 Multi-National Force – Iraq; Chief Spectrum and IED-Defeat Branches, The Joint Staff, J6; Executive Officer to the Commanding General, U.S. Africa Command; and U.S. Forces Command G6.
His most recent assignment was as the J6 for the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) where he oversaw the implementation and management of the global communications and computer networks for the Central Region.
General Kilgo commanded at every operational level from company to Theater Signal Command with significant assignments as the Commander, Support Company, 1111th Signal Battalion, SiteR; Commander 2nd Signal Brigade, Wiesbaden, Germany; and the Commanding General of the 5th Theater Signal Command, Wiesbaden, Germany.
General Kilgo is a graduate of the National War College, Command and General Staff College, and Signal Officer Basic and Advanced Courses. His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (1 OLC), Legion of Merit (2 OLC), Bronze Star with OLC, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal (1), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4). He is also authorized to wear the Joint Staff Identification Badge, Parachute Badge, and the Signal Corps Regimental Bronze Order of Mercury.