Major General William B. Hickman served as the Director, Strategic Plans and Policy for the NATO Allied Transformation Command, Norfolk, VA. From July 2017 to July 2019.
His prior assignments include serving as the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Central, Arifjan, Kuwait. Commanding General of Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, Louisiana. Deputy Commanding General (Support and Operations), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Commander 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq. Commander, 1st Battalion 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell Kentucky and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq. Commander Bravo Company 3rd Battalion 325th Infantry Regiment (Airborne Combat Team), United States Army Southern Europe Task Force, Vicenza, Italy. His previous staff assignments include Military Assistant to the Commander, International Security Assistance Force, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan. Executive Officer to the Commander, United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. Assistant Chief of Staff and Director of Operations, J-3, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq. Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3 and Director, Plans, Training and Mobilization, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq. Deployment Operations Officer and Chief Deployment Operations Branch, United States Army Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Georgia. S-3 (Operations) and Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Staff Officer, 75th Ranger Regiment, Ft Benning, Georgia.
Hickman earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University in 1983 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the ROTC program. He later earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
Hickman’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab.
Major General Hickman is married to Mayme Bennett Hickman, and they have one daughter, Elizabeth, a University of Tennessee Knoxville student.