Maj. Gen. Mitchell L. Kilgo
SENIOR COMMANDER, ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, COMMANDING GENERAL, U.S. ARMY COMMUNICATIONS ELECTRONICS COMMAND
Before taking over as senior commander at Aberdeen Proving Ground in June 2019, Maj. Gen. Mitchell L. Kilgo was director of command, communications and computer systems, J6, for the U.S. Central Command.
A 33-year veteran, Kilgo holds master’s degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School in systems technology and the National Defense University in national security strategy.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?
The most important lesson I learned early — and that present pandemic circumstances remind me of constantly — is resilience in the face of adversity. I’m for-tunate that every day, I can count on the men and women of CECOM and APG to inspire me with their innovation and resolve to find ways to continue to meet our critical mission, no matter the difficulty.
What’s been your biggest success?
Serving as senior commander for a 28,000-person military base, as well as commanding general for a 9,000-person command that ensures our soldiers stay connected on the battlefield, has been the greatest privilege of my career and lifetime. Our command and installation are second-to-none in our relentless pursuit of the Army’s priorities of people, readiness and modernization.
What are your hopes for the state or your community this year?
I’m confident our region and nation will turn the corner on the pandemic and our workforce can return to Aberdeen Proving Ground en masse to continue our crucial work in defense of freedom, the Constitution and the American way of life. I’ll admit I’ve been longing for a firm handshake and a pleasant smile.