Major General William Hix currently serves as the Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy, Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/5/7, Headquarters for the Department of the Army. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing, articulating, and advancing strategy, plans, concepts, and policies that shape the geo-strategic security environment, informing Army senior leader decision making, and providing ready and sustainable forces and capabilities, at acceptable risk, to meet anticipated national security requirements.
Earlier wartime service includes assignments as the Director, Future Operations, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Afghanistan, Commander, Afghan Regional Security Integration Command South, Chief of Staff, Combined Security Transition Command, Afghanistan and Chief of Strategy, Multi-National Force, Iraq.
Previous strategy and planning assignments include the Deputy Director/Chief of Staff and Director, Concept Development and Learning, Army Capabilities Integration Center, Director for Operational Plans and Joint Force Development, Joint Staff J-7, Strategy Division Chief, Joint Staff J-5, principal special assistant to Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic, and Supreme Allied Commander, Transformation, and as a staff officer at Combined Forces Command, Korea.
Previous operational assignments include command and staff positions in the 82d Airborne Division, 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), with operational tours spanning peacekeeping missions in the Sinai and the Western Sahara as well as command in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Born in Washington, D.C., Major General Hix was commissioned as an infantry officer following graduation from the U.S. Military Academy in 1981. He holds a Masters of Military Art and Science, was a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University and is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Major General Hix has earned the Special Forces and Ranger Tabs, the Combat Infantryman Badge (with Star) and the Expert Infantryman Badge as well as the Master Parachutist, Pathfinder and Air Assault Badges. His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Service Stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, NATO non-Article 5 Medal, and United Nations Medal (MINURSO).
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In May 2012 General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA Ret., then president of the Association of the United States Army, wrote to apprise Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin E. Dempsey of the General Bernard W. Rogers Strategic Issues Forum—AUSA’s latest initiative to inform and continue the public debate on critical defense issues, particularly those related to landpower. In that letter General Sullivan also invited General Dempsey to be the inaugural speaker.
General Dempsey accepted that invitation and—with generous support from General Dynamics—AUSA launched the Rogers Strategic Issues Forum series just a few months later, in September 2012.
Since that inaugural event, AUSA has hosted Rogers Forums featuring, among others, General Carter Ham, USA (then commander, U.S. Africa Command), Admiral James “Sandy” Winnefeld, USN (then Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff), General John Abizaid, USA Ret. (former commander, U.S. Central Command), General Michael V. Hayden, U.S. Air Force Retired, Former Director, National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency; General Edward C. Cardon, Director, Office of Business Transformation, Former Commanding General of U.S. Cyber Command.
These early-evening events feature senior leaders in the uniformed services, the Department of State, academia and think tanks. These events—four to six annually—are tailored to critical issues affecting land forces and strategy.
General Rogers’ 44 years of distinguished active service to the Army and the nation culminated with appointments as the 28th Chief of Staff, Army, and then Supreme Allied Commander Europe. A 1943 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he was also a Rhodes Scholar. A long-time supporter of AUSA, he served on our Council of Trustees for many years. We thought it appropriate to name our landpower strategy lecture series in honor of this outstanding Soldier, scholar and diplomat.