Emmett Paige, Jr.

Retired Lieutenant General

U.S. Army

Lieutenant General Paige enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1947 at the age of 16, and was accepted to and completed the Signal Corps Officers Candidate School five years later. In 1952, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. During his career as an officer, General Paige served in various Signal units, and was promoted to Brigadier General and given command of both the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Engineering and Installation Agency and the U.S. Army Communications Systems Agency in 1976. Shortly thereafter, he received his second star and assumed command of the U.S. Army Communications Research and Development Command prior to taking the command of the Electronics Research and Development Command in Adelphi, Maryland. He was promoted to Lieutenant General in 1984 and took over the Army Information Systems Command, a worldwide organization in Florida, where he remained until his retirement in 1988.

At this time, he became president and chief operating officer of OAO Corporation, a full-service information systems company with emphasis on leading edge technology, until 1993 when he was appointed by President Clinton as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control Communications and Intelligence in 1993. He retained this post until 1997 when he returned to OAO Corporation.

General Paige is a member of the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He has received numerous awards from both the military and civil sector. He is also a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education in Maryland. General Paige is a graduate of the University of Maryland University College and earned his Masters degree from Penn State. He has received Honorary Degrees from UMBC, Tougaloo College, and Clarkson University. He has been honored as Distinguished Alumnus at both UMUC and Penn State, where he was also selected as an Alumni Fellow. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of UMUC and is president of the UMUC Alumni Association.

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