Written byDavid Stegon
Army Maj. Gen. Jennifer Napper was named director of plans and policy for the U.S. Cyber Command in Ft. Meade, Md.
Napper previously headed the U.S. Army’s Network Enterprise Technology Command in Fort Huachuca, Ariz., where she led the Army’s cloud email system consolidation efforts.
She will be replaced as head of Army NetCom by Maj. Gen. Alan Lynn, currently commander of Fort Gordon, Ga.
Major General Jennifer L. Napper assumed command of the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, Fort Huachuca, Sept. 22, 2010. She also holds the position of Deputy Commanding General for Network Operations, U.S. Army Cyber Command/2d U.S. Army.
Major General Napper’s military career began in 1980 when she was commissioned into the United States Army National Guard. She entered active duty in the Signal Corps in 1983 after graduating from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She earned a Masters of Military Arts and Science from the Command and General Staff College in 1994 and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the Army War College in 2002. Her military education includes the Signal Corps Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Information Systems Staff Officer Course, the Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College.
Major General Napper commanded the 7th Signal Command (Theater) prior to her current assignment, and has served in a variety of command, troop and staff officer positions. Her previous command assignments include: Brigade Commander, 7th Signal Brigade, 5th Signal Command in Mannheim, Germany where she deployed her unit in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and; Battalion Commander, 123rd Signal Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia. Other assignments include: Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force—Global Network Operations, providing direct support to United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) for Global Information Grid (GIG) Network Defense; Director for Communications Systems, J-6, United States Pacific Command; G-6, 3rd Infantry Division and Multi-National Division (North) in Bosnia-Herzegovina; Assignment Officer in Signal Branch, United States Total Army Personnel Command, Washington, D.C.; Battalion S-3 and Executive Officer, 59th Signal Battalion, Fort Richardson, Alaska; Command Signal Officer, 32nd Army Air Defense Command, Darmstadt, Germany; S-3 and Company Commander, 124th Signal Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado; Battalion Signal Officer, 1st Battalion, 80th Field Artillery, VII Corps, Aschaffenburg, Germany.
Major General Napper’s awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.