MAJOR GENERAL DOUGLAS D. BUCHHOLZ
Major General Douglas D. Buchholz graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Advertising and Public Relations, and was commissioned in the Regular Army through the Reserve Officers Training Corps program. His initial assignment was in 58th Signal Battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington.
MG Buchholz completed the Signal Officer Basic Course in 1968, the Communications Officer Course, and Airborne and Ranger training in 1969. From 1969 to early 1971, MG Buchholz served as Platoon Leader and commander, Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 51st Artillery (Pershing) in Neu Ulm, Germany. In March 1971, he was assigned to United States Army, Vietnam where he served as Force Development Officer and then as Commander, 510th Signal Company, 73d Signal Battalion, 1st Signal Brigade.
MG Buchholz attended the Signal Officer Advance Course at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, graduating in February 1073. In March 1973, he became a graduate student at the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida, where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Procurement and Contract Management in June 1974. His next three years were spent at the United States Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, where he was a Procurement and Production Officer and Contracting Officer.
In June 1977, MG Buchholz returned to Germany, initially as Assistant S-3, and later as the S-3, 141st Signal Battalion, 1st Armored Division. In 1980, he attended the United States Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC), Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Following CGSM, MG Buchholz was assigned as Procurement Officer, and the Executive Officer, Office of the Program Manager, M1 Tank Systems, United States Army Tank Automotive Command, Warren, Michigan, from June 1981 to February 1983.
In March 1983, MG Buchholz returned to Fort Lewis, Washington, as Commander, 9th Signal Battalion, 9th Infantry Division. Following 26 months of command, he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) at Fort McNair, Washington, DC, graduating in June 1986. Following ICAF, he was assigned as the Chief of the Communications, Interoperability, and Maneuver Division, C3J Directorate, United States Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, from June 1986 to June 1988.
After two years as a combat development officer, MG Buchholz became the Commander, 3d Signal Brigade, III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas, on 14 June 1988. In this position, he was the first to field a Corps level Mobile Subscriber Equipment tactical communications system to the Army. Returning to Washington, DC in July 1990, he became Military Secretary for the Military Communications Electronic Board, Office of the J-6, Joint Staff. In July 1991, he was promoted to Brigade General and became Deputy Director, Unified and Specified Command Support, Command, Control, Communications and Computers Directorate, the Joint Staff. MG Buchholz became the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon and simultaneously became "Chief of Signal' on 15 July 1994.
MG Buchholz' decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the
Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, the
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, and the Army
Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster. He is Airborne and Ranger
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