Lieutenant General Robert E. Gray
Class B Uniform
General Gray enlisted in the US Army in 1961, later graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in Computer and Information Science. He received a commission in 1966 after completing the Signal Corps Officer Candidate School at Fort Gordon. Gray’s first posting was as communications officer for the 56th Field Artillery Group (Pershing) in Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany. He joined the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Vietnam as a brigade communications officer in 1969. Gray was with the Defense Intelligence Agency beginning in 1973 as Plans and Operations Officer of the Computer Security Branch. He then became Executive Officer for the 50th Signal Battalion (Airborne). In 1980 Gray took command of the 82nd Signal Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division. He next commanded the 35th Signal Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps. Gray was made commander of the US Army Signal Center at Fort Gordon in 1991. He went on to become the first African-American to be made Chief of the US Army Signal Corps. Before retirement in 1997, Gray was serving as Deputy Commander in Chief for United States Army Europe.