Lt. Gen. Claude M. Kicklighter
Lt. Gen. Claude M. Kicklighter commanded the US Army, Pacific (Western Command) from July 1989 to his retirement on 31 August 1991. He graduated from Mercer University in 1955 with a degree in biology and later from George Washington University with an MSA in Management of National Resources. He also attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
In Vietnam Kicklighter served as Assistant Chief of Staff for the 101st Airborne Division from 1970-1971. In 1975-1976 he served as a Logistics Management Staff Officer for the Office of Defense Representative in Tehran, Iran. This was not long before the 1979 hostage crisis.
Major command assignments for Kicklighter were commanding the Division Artillery for the 24th Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia, from 1977-1978. From 1984-1986 he commanded the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks.
Other important assignments for Kicklighter included Director for Security Assistance for the US Army Security Assistance Center and Chief of Staff for the US Army Material Development and Readiness Command in Alexandria, Virginia, from 1981-1984. Prior to his final Hawaiian command, Kicklighter served as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics and Director of the Army Staff for the Office of Chief of Staff in Washington, DC.
Gen. Kicklighter's awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal.
USARPAC postures and prepares the force for unified land operations, responds to threats, sustains and protects the force, and builds military relationships that develop partner defense capacity in order to contribute to a stable and secure U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.
Vincent K. Brooks