Chiefs of Signal
Brigadier General Randolph D. Strong
2005 - 2007
Brigadier General Strong assumed duties as the Commander, U.S. Army Signal Center, Commandant of the Signal School, and the thirty-first Chief of Signal on 15 July 2005. Just prior, he served as the Director for Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems, J-6, United States Pacific Command since August 2002.
A native of Woodland, California, he entered the U.S. Army and was commissioned in the Signal Corps after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy in 1978.
After attending the Signal Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas, as a Signal Platoon Leader in the 121st Signal Battalion and as the Signal Officer for the 1st Squadron, 4th Calvary. He then attended the Signal Officer Advance Course at Keesler Air Force Base. He was assigned to the U.S. Army Communications Command Signal Battalion, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, as Commander, Operations Company; Assistant Brigade S3; and Brigade XO for U.S. Army Information Systems Command – Western Command. BG Strong was assigned as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Signal Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia, from May 1986 to August 1987. He then attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and in June 1989 he earned a Master’s degree in Computer Science. His next assignment took him to Fort Carson, Colorado, where he served as the S3 and the XO of the 124th Signal Battalion.
In May 1993, BG Strong was assigned as Assistant Corps Signal Officer, V Corps, Germany. From June 1994 to June 1996, he commanded the 141st Signal Battalion, 1st Armored Division, Bad Kreuznach, Germany, during which he was deployed to Bosnia. He then attended the Naval War College where he earned a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Upon graduation he was assigned to the Command, Control, and Communications Systems Directorate (J6), U.S. European Command.
From June 1999 to July 2001, BG Strong commanded the 516th Signal Brigade and served as the J6, U.S. Army Pacific Command, during which time he deployed to East Timor as Commander of the U.S. Forces-East Timor – a joint organization including military personnel from the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force.
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Army Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with two Bronze Stars for Service, and the Overseas Service Ribbon.