Claude M. “Mick” Kicklighter

Claude Kicklighter

Title: Former Director
Company: Office of Commemoration,
U.S. Department of Defense
Location: McLean, Virginia, United States

Claude Kicklighter, Former Director of the Department of Defense Office of Commemoration, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Military for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Government.

With 60 years of professional experience, Mr. Kicklighter excelled as the director of the Office of Commemoration with the U.S. Department of Defense from 2011 to 2015 and a principal investigator at the George Mason University School of Law from 2008 to 2015. Prior to these roles, he flourished as an inspector general for the U.S. Department of Defense from 2007 to 2008 and a special adviser for the U.S. Department of State in 2004. Previously, he held a number of positions with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, including the assistant director and the chief of staff in 2005 as well as the assistant secretary of policy and planning from 2001 to 2005. From 1995 to 1999, he worked as the deputy undersecretary of army international affairs for the U.S. Department of Defense. From 1989 to 1991, he was active as the commander of the United States Army Pacific. During this time, Mr. Kicklighter served as the commanding general of the U.S. Army Western Command from 1989 to 1990.

Likewise, Mr. Kicklighter found success in the U.S. Army as the director of the army staff from 1987 to 1989 and the assistant deputy chief of staff of logistics from 1986 to 1987. He had also maintained his involvement as the commanding general of the 25th Infantry Division from 1984 to 1986, the chief of staff of the U.S. Army Material Development and Readiness Command from 1983 to 1984 and the commanding general of the Security Assistant Center from 1981 to 1983. Mr. Kicklighter began his career in a number of positions with the U.S. Army, having originally been commissioned as an officer in 1955.

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