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Stephen Hager

Stephen Hager

SCU Alum Hager Promoted to Army Major General

SCU education, ROTC training led to distinguished career

SCU education, ROTC training led to distinguished career

Santa Clara University and the Military Science program congratulate Army Brigadier General Stephen Hager ‘87 (BS Mathematics) ‘89 (MS Computer Engineering) on his recent selection to Major General. Hager received his commission as an Army officer in 1987 with the SCU Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Bronco Battalion. Hager is currently serving as the Deputy Commander (Individual Mobilization Augmentee), Cyber National Mission Force, United States Cyber Command at Fort Meade, Maryland.

Hager commissioned as a Signal Corps Officer. As an active duty officer, he served as Platoon Leader and Executive Officer for Alpha Company, 742nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 704th Military Intelligence Brigade at Fort Meade. During Operation Desert Storm he served as the System Control Officer, S-3, 13th Signal Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. Upon return, he was assigned to the National Security Agency as a Senior Electrical Engineer in the microelectronics advanced research group. Deployed in Operation Restore Hope, he was assigned as the Communications Officer, CENTCOM J-2 Forward in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Hager left active duty and joined the Army Reserves in 1995, serving in various positions. While in the 91st Division, his assignments included Battle Command Staff Simulation Officer, Company Commander, Observer Controller, G-2 Security Officer, and G-3 Plans Officer.

Mobilized in 2013, he deployed to Afghanistan as the Deputy Commander for the 335th Signal Command (Theater) (Provisional). In Afghanistan, he was responsible for all Architecture, Design, Engineering, and Installation of the strategic communication network as well as oversight of communications commercialization projects. Brigadier General Hager most recently deployed to Kuwait as the Chief of Staff for the 335th Signal Command (Theater)(Provisional) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. In March 2015, Brigadier General Hager was selected as the Deputy Commanding General for the 335th Signal Command (Theater) in East Point, Georgia.

His military education includes the Army Signal Officer Basic Course, Advanced Cryptologic Management Course, Signal Officer Advanced Course, Observer/Controller Course, Mobilization Planners Course, The Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Battalion/Brigade Pre-Command Course, and the Army War College.

Hager’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (sixth award), the Army Commendation Medal (second award), the Army Achievement Medal (third award) and various other campaign and service ribbons. In addition to his Santa Clara degrees, Hager also received a Master’s of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

Thank you for your service to our nation!


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