Brigadier General Stephen J. Hager was commissioned in 1987 as a Signal Corps Officer. As an active duty officer he served as Platoon Leader and Executive Officer for Alpha Company, 742nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 704th Military Intelligence Brigade at Fort Meade, Maryland. During Operation Desert Storm he served as the System Control Officer, S-3, 13th Signal Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. Upon return, he was assigned to the National Security Agency as a Senior Electrical Engineer in the microelectronics advanced research group. Deployed in Operation Restore Hope, he was assigned as the Communications Officer, CENTCOM J-2 Forward in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Hager left active duty, and joined the Army Reserve in 1995, serving in various positions. While in the 91st Division, his assignments included Battle Command Staff Simulation Officer, Company Commander, Observer Controller, G-2 Security Officer, and G-3 Plans Officer.
His military education includes the Army Signal Officer Basic Course, Advanced Cryptologic Management Course, Signal Officer Advanced Course, Observer/Controller Course, Mobilization Planners Course, The Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Battalion/Brigade Pre-Command Course, and the Army War College.
He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and a Master’s of Science Degree in Engineering Computer Science from Santa Clara University. He also received a Master’s of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.
Hager resides in Los Gatos, California with his wife, Eve, and their three children. In his civilian career, Hager is a software developer for a technology company in Silicon Valley.