Member of the Regiment biography for
MG (Ret.) Charles G. Sutten Jr. (2003)
MG (Ret.) Charles G. Sutten Jr. entered the Army from the U.S. Military
Academy with a bachelor of science degree and was commissioned as a Signal
officer in 1967. He later received a master of science degree in electrical
engineering from Stanford University. His military schooling includes
Airborne and Ranger Schools, Signal Officer Basic and Advanced Courses,
College of Naval Command and Staff, and the Army War College.
In more than 30 years of active service, MG Sutten held an array of key
command and staff positions. His initial assigment was with the 3rd Battalion, 325th
Airborne Infantry, 82nd
Airborne Division, as the battalion Signal officer. During his tour in
Vietnam he served as the 1st
Brigade Signal officer. After completing the Signal
Officers’ Advanced Course, MG Sutten served as an assistant professor of
electrical engineering at the U.S. Military Academy.
In 1979 he was assigned to the White House Communications Agency, where
he served as unit executive officer and deputy operations officer. Other
command positions include commanding general of the 5th Signal Command, commander of the 141st Signal Battalion, and commander of the 11th Signal Brigade.
In December 1990, during Desert Storm, he assumed command of the newly
formed 6th Theater Signal Command, a position he
held until May 1991 when he assumed duties as the deputy commander, 5th Signal Command. He then became commander in 1993.
He assumed duties as the commanding general of the now inactivated U.S. Army
Information Systems Command in July 1995. ISC was redesignated the Army
Signal Command on September 1996. In addition to commanding ASC, he served
as the CIO/G6 on the FORSCOM staff. General Sutten retired in 1999.
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