HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay

JOHN A. WILCOX

PRINT | E-MAIL

John A. Wilcox, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director, Communications Systems, and Chief Information Officer, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. He is responsible for developing USSOCOM's information technology strategy as well as executing the command's command, control, communications and computer systems acquisition program. Mr. Wilcox is also responsible for operating and maintaining USSOCOM's global network providing support to more than 56,000 special operations personnel.

After enlisting in the Army in 1982, Mr. Wilcox attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Signal Corps in 1983. He served as a field artillery instructor, signal officer and Director for USSOCOM's C4 Systems. His commands include a signal battalion, a mission support squadron within in the Office of Military Support in Washington, D.C., and a signal brigade in Southwest Asia. He completed his active-duty career as the senior Army adviser for the State of Minnesota, retiring in 2009 with more than 27 years of service.

EDUCATION
1984 Bachelor's degree in business management, University of Maryland, College Park
1991 Master of Business Administration degree, Oklahoma City University, Okla.
1994 Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2002 Master's degree in strategic studies, Army War College, Carlisle, Pa.

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. 1982 - 1983, infantryman, Fort Benning, Ga.
2. 1983 - 1984, officer candidate and second lieutenant, Fort Benning and Fort Gordon, Ga.
3. 1984 - 1986, force modernization officer and Chief, Requisition Management Branch, 200th Theater Army Materiel Management Center, Zweibrucken, Germany
4. 1986 - 1987, platoon leader, Communications Platoon, E/51st Infantry (Long Range Surveillance), Wiesbaden, Germany
5. 1987 - 1989, Commander, HHS Company, 165th Military Intelligence Battalion, Wiesbaden, Germany
6. 1989 - 1991, instructor, Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Okla.
7. 1991 - 1993, signal officer, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky.
8. 1993 - 1994, student, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
9. 1994 - 1999, Troop Commander, Operations Squadron, and executive officer, Office of Military Support, Washington, D.C.
10. 1999 - 2001, Commander, 30th Signal Battalion, U.S. Army Hawaii, Fort Shafter, Hawaii
11. 2001 - 2002, student, United States Army War College, Carlisle, Pa.
12. 2002 - 2004, Commander, Mission Support Squadron, Office of Military Support, Washington, D.C.
13. 2004 - 2005, Commander, 160th Signal Brigade, Southwest Asia
14. 2005 - 2008, Director, C4 Systems, USSOCOM, MacDill AFB, Fla.
15. 2008 - 2009, senior Army adviser - Minnesota, 1st U.S. Army, St. Paul, Minn.
16. 2009 - present, Director, Communications Systems (J6), and CIO, USSOCOM, MacDill AFB, Fla.

AWARDS AND HONORS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster

(Current as of November 2015)

Engage

Facebook Twitter
#Aviano's 56th Rescue Squadron partners with Italian forces for Exercise Sater -- Mountain Search and Rescue traini… https://t.co/4TUt6JvN4C
A @28thBombWing B-1B & a @914ARW KC-135 conduct aerial refueling over the U.S. on Dec. 10. The #Lancer serves as p… https://t.co/GsYRx6TheX
When you've got a dirty job, clean up can take up a lot of time. Thankfully @48FighterWing #maintenance repair & re… https://t.co/4AB3HywxZh
#DYK, @USAFCENT's weather #Airmen are not only concerned with terrestrial weather, but also space weather.… https://t.co/oqmuv3INXi
.@ArmedSvcsHockey hosted an annual Las Vegas International Championship & this year's #MVP award went to a… https://t.co/RxXoivPgco
RT @AFSpace: Recalculate no more 🙌 GPS III is launching soon! This one goes out to our 4 BILLION GPS users worldwide. #Kindofabigdeal #GPS
.@HAFB's 421st Fighter Squadron & #aircraft maintenance unit received its first pair of #F35s Dec. 12. They are the… https://t.co/MWXxz3Rr7q
#SantaClaus paid a special visit to McGhee Tyson #Airmen and their families. Santa, Mrs. Claus & their elves arrive… https://t.co/rWF4adfxts
RT @EielsonAirForce: The work of keeping one of the most remote, austere runways in the world open during six months of sub-zero temperatur…
RT @INDOPACOM: Since 1952, @PACAF personnel have volunteered as Santa’s helpers, getting presents to remote Pacific Islands. Instead of com…
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: What an honor to congratulate our #USAF team on winning the first-ever inter-service Alpha Warrior competition — a str…
Ready, Aim, Fire! 200 @TeamFairchild #Airmen participated in a Rifle Competition, aiming to earn Excellence in Comp… https://t.co/ftBIgf8stj
The holidays are supposed to be a time of relaxation. In a spilt second that peaceful environment turned on a dime… https://t.co/5F2efmGLV9
#USAF maintainers take care of the B52 bombers, the aircrews fly the aircraft; but who @TeamMinot takes care of the… https://t.co/gxWCuV1rOm
One Chief Master Sgt's mentorship doesn’t end with future #USAF leaders. It extends to the gridiron, where he volun… https://t.co/2MqdoudS76
Chilean air force medical health officers visited @JBSA_Official to gain a better understanding of Critical Care Ai… https://t.co/BvNjAiZ4Ro
RT @FLOTUS: Wonderful to be in Hangar 789 with many service members & their families at @JBLEnews! Our prayers remain with all those servin…