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  • Commander Biography

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    Mitchell L. Kilgo , USA

    Commander, 5th Signal Command

    Colonel Mitchell L. Kilgo was born in Charlotte, NC and raised in Newport News, VA.  A Distinguished Military Graduate, he was commissioned in 1987 and entered active duty in January of 1988.  He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Natural Sciences from Virginia Union University in 1987, a Master of Science Degree in Systems Technology, (Joint Command, Control, and Communications) from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1995 and a Master of Science Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in 2009. 

    COL Kilgo has served in a variety of command and staff positions.  His assignments include: Communications-Electronic Staff Officer, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division; Adjutant/Chief Support Division, Chief, Information Systems Branch, and Commander, Support Company, 1111th Signal Battalion, Fort Ritchie, MD and Site-R; Network Systems Program Officer, Army Networks and Systems Operation Center (ANSOC), 9th US Army Signal Command, Fort Huachuca, AZ; Deputy G6 and Executive Officer, 122d Signal Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division; NETCOM CG Liaison Officer to 1st Information Operations Command and the National Capitol Region Fort Belvoir VA; Chief Information Assurance and Computer Network Defense Division, Army Network Operations and Security Center, Fort Belvoir, VA; Commander 78th Signal Battalion, G6 US Army Japan, and Director of Information Management, Camp Zama Japan; Chief Spectrum and IED-Defeat Branch, The Joint Staff, J6; Deputy CIO/J6 Multi-National Forces Iraq; Commander, 2nd Signal Brigade, Wiesbaden Germany; and his recent assignment as XO to the Commanding General, US Africa Command.

    COL Kilgo is a graduate of the National War College, Command and General Staff College, Signal Officer Basic and Advance Courses, Combined Arms Service and Staff School, Communications-Electronics Staff Officers Course, COMSEC Custodians Course, U.S. Army Airborne School, the Tactical Signal S3/XO Course, and Pre Command Course.

    His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, 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.