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also known as Mick Kicklighter

director , Army lieutenant

Claude Milton Kicklighter, American Army officer. Decorated Distinguished Service Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, Defense Superior Svc. medal, Legion of Merit with three bronze oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star, Meritorious Svc. medal with bronze oak leaf cluster, Air medal with bronze oak leaf cluster, Army Comendation medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters, Argentina Order of May, others.


Kicklighter, Claude Milton was born on August 22, 1933 in Glennville, Georgia, United States. Son of Claude Wilton and Ruby Dell (Drake) Kicklighter.


AB, Mercer University, 1955. Master of Arts, George Washington University. Graduate National and International Security Program, Harvard University, 1981.

Graduate Senior Managers in Government Program, Harvard University, 1982.


Commissioned officer United States Army, 1955, advanced through grades to lieutenant general. Staff Department Army, 1968-1970. With 101st Airborne Division, Vietnam, 1970-1971.

Commander 1st Battalion 21st Field Artillery, Fort Carson, Colorado, 1972-1973. Staff Office Joint Chief of Staff, 1974-1975, Office Defense Rep-Iran, Teheran, 1975-1976. Commander 24th Infantry Division Artillery, Fort Stewart, Georgia, 1977-1978.

Assistant division Commander, 1978-1979. Assistant chief staff logistics Allied Forces Central Europe, The Netherlands, 1979-1981. Commanding general Security Assistance Center, Alexandria, Virginia, 1981-1983.

Chief of staff United States Army Materiel Development & Readiness Command, 1983-1984. Commanding general 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, 1984-1986. Assistant deputy chief of staff of logistics United States Army, Washington, 1986-1987, director of army staff, 1987-1989.

Commanding general United States Army Western Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, 1989-1990. Commander United States Army Pacific, 1989—1991. Deputy under secretary of army international affairs, United States Army United States Department Defense, Washington, 1995—1999.

Assistant secretary for policy & planning United States Department Veterans Affairs, 2001—2003. Assistant secretary for policy, planning & preparedness United States Department Veterans Affairs, 2003—2005, chief of staff, 2005. Special advisory for stabilization & security operations in Iraq & Afghanistan United States Department State, 2004.

Inspector general United States Department Defense, 2007—2008. Director principal investigator, The Critical Infrastructure Protection Program George Mason University School Law, Arlington, Virginia, since 2008. Board directors Habitat for Humanity, International, 1996—2001, chairman, 1998—2001.


  • He was also 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 and Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics and Director of the Army Staff for the Office of Chief of Staff in Washington, DC. In 2007, he was named Inspector General of the Department of Defense, having previously served as Chief of Staff, Department of Veterans Affairs, Special Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State for Stabilization and Security Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Director of the Department of Defense's Iraq Transition Team, Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning, Department of Veterans Affairs and Deputy Under Secretary of the Army for International Affairs. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal.


God gives us the Holy Spirit, and when we respond, there is no limit to what the grace of God is able to do in a human life.


The state should not use its authority to promote particular religious beliefs, nor should it require prayer or worship in the public schools. However, the state should leave students free to practice their own religious convictions.


God enables every person to resist evil, by accepting forgiveness and liberation, and willing to be open to the Holy Spirit.


Married Elizabeth Exley, April 24, 1954. Children: Elizabeth Jane, Claude M., Richard Van.

Claude Wilton Kicklighter

Ruby Dell (Drake) Kicklighter

Elizabeth Exley

Elizabeth Jane Kicklighter

Claude M. Kicklighter

Richard Van Kicklighter