(USA, Retired, USMA 1975)
Leadership, leader development, organizational change, strategic planning, systems analysis
Ken graduated from the United States Military Academy as a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery branch and served as a forward observer, a fire direction officer, a battery executive officer and a Brigade fire support officer. Following attendance at the Field Artillery Advanced Course at Fort Sill, he commanded at the battery level and also served as a battalion operations officer. Ken commanded a field artillery battalion at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, followed by a posting as divisional artillery commander in charge of a brigade-sized artillery element in Germany.
Ken served in the Army Personnel Command as an operations research systems analyst. He was later assigned to the Army's Program Analysis and Evaluation directorate, and, in 2003, as the Vice Director of the Joint Staff agency responsible for Force Structure development (J-8). Ken was promoted to Brigadier General, in January 2002. After serving as the Assistant Division Commander of the 4th Infantry Division and in a senior military staff position based in Washington, D.C., Ken was promoted to Major General and commanded the 1st Infantry Division in Germany. While there, he oversaw the return of the division back to Fort Riley, Kansas, its longtime home. After a year in command of the division, Ken became commanding officer for the Operation Iraqi Freedom Civilian Police Assistance Training team in Iraq, which provided oversight and guidance for more than 400,000 Iraqi police force personnel throughout the country.
In his final two assignments and after being promoted to Lieutenant General, Ken commanded the U.S. Fifth Corps in Germany, and then served as the Deputy Commander of all U.S. forces in Iraq, the position he held when he retired.
After retirement from the military, Ken joined ITT Corporation as the Vice President of Government Relations for ITT Defense and Information Solutions. Later, he was appointed the President of Exelis Mission Systems, a business division of the ITT Corporation spin-off, Exelis. He was subsequently appointed as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Vectrus, Inc., when the company spun out from the former parent, Exelis. Ken retired from Vectrus and now serves on the Board of Directors for the Wounded Warrior Project. Ken was selected as a 2020 Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Military Academy; this is an honor given to the most accomplished graduates.
MS, Strategic Security Studies, National Defense University, Washington, DC
MS, Systems Technology, Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, CA
BS, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
Ken and his wife, Patti, were married in June 1977. They have four daughters and ten grandchildren.