On Sept. 30, 2013, Army Major General (MG) Alan R. Lynn
assumed the duties of the Vice Director of the Defense
Information Systems Agency (DISA). As Vice Director, he
helps to lead a global organization of military, civilian, and
contract personnel who plan, develop, deliver, and operate
joint, interoperable, command and control capabilities and a
global enterprise infrastructure in direct support of the
President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff,
Combatant Commanders, Department of Defense
components, and other mission partners across the full
spectrum of operations. MG Lynn leads the efforts of an
8,000-member global organization and manages a $10-
billion-dollar annual budget.
MG Lynn graduated as a ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate with a degree in English from the California University of Pennsylvania, California, Pa., in
1979. He was awarded a network engineering specialty from the Air Force Information Systems
Officer Course in 1988. He also completed a Masters Degree in National Resource Management at the
Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) in 2000.
He was commissioned as an Air Defense Artillery Officer in 1979 and served as a Chaparral and
Stinger Platoon Leader, Air Defense Fire Support Officer, and C Company Executive Officer, for the 1-
51st Air Defense Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division, Ft. Ord, Calif. After the Air Defense Artillery
Advance Course, he attended the Defense Language Institute to learn Italian. In 1984, he commanded
the 1-34th U.S. Army Nike Hercules special weapons warhead team in Italy.
MG Lynn's branch transferred to the Signal Corps, and he initially served as the 5th Signal Command
Training Officer until he was selected to command the 324th Signal Company, 72nd Signal Battalion
supporting U.S. Army Europe's Main Command Post during the Cold War.
MG Lynn attended the Signal Officer Advance Course at Ft. Gordon, Ga., and the Air Force Information
Systems Officer's Course at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. He was then assigned as the Division Radio
Officer for the 101st Airborne Division. In 1990, he served as the Brigade Signal Officer for the 1st
Infantry Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, during operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM.
In June 1992, he graduated from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.,
and returned to Europe where he served as the S-3 for the 97th Signal Battalion in Mannheim,
Germany. He was then selected to command the 414th Signal Company as a field grade commander
supporting Land Forces Central Europe (LANDCENT) also in Mannheim.
In 1997, he assumed command of the 13th Signal Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas.
He deployed the battalion for Operation JOINT FORGE between 1998 and 1999, supporting Task Force
Eagle, Multi-Nation Division (North), Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
In 2000, MG Lynn became an Action Officer in the Network Management Division of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, J6, at the Pentagon. Following the September 11th attack on the Pentagon, he was selected as
Division Chief for the Commander in Chief (CINC) Operations and Support Division, J6.
MG Lynn took command of the 3rd Signal Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, in 2002. He deployed the
brigade in combat to 66 locations throughout Iraq in Jan. 2004 and created one of the largest tactical
communications network in the theater of operations.
In 2005, MG Lynn was assigned to the Department of the Army Chief Information Officer (CIO)/G6
Office as the Division Chief for LandWarNet Integration Division. He was later selected to serve as the
Executive Officer to the Army CIO/G6.
In 2007, MG Lynn became the Chief of Staff for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). MG
Lynn managed the efforts of an 8,000-member global communications organization with a $6-billiondollar
In 2008, MG Lynn was selected to command the 311th Signal Command (Theater), Fort Shafter,
Hawaii, responsible for all Army communications in the Pacific.
On July 21, 2010, MG Lynn became the Army's 35th Chief of Signal and the Commanding General of
the U. S. Army Signal Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon, Ga., which is the Information Technology
University for all Army officers, noncommissioned officers (NCOs), soldiers, and warrant officers.
On Aug. 9, 2012, MG Lynn assumed command of the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology
Command, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., responsible for all Army communications worldwide. He also held the
position of Deputy Commanding General for Network Operations, U.S. Army Cyber Command/2nd U.S.
MG Lynn's awards and decorations include two Distinguished Service Medals, Defense Superior Service
Medal, Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious
Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense
Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, South West Asia Service Medal with two Bronze
Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,
Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon with 5 device, NATO
Medal, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia Kuwait Liberation Medals, and parachutist and air assault badges.