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Stanley "Stan" Sims

Colonel, United States Army

Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service (SES-3)

Colonel (Ret.) Stan Sims is a native of Crawfordsville, AR. In May 1979, after completing a Bachelor of Science in Zoology at Arkansas State University, he was commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate into the Active Duty force as a Military Intelligence officer. He later earned two master's, one in Administration from Central Michigan State University, and the other in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.

COL Sims provided more than 36 years of combined, distinguished military / civil service to our Nation. While on Active Duty, he deployed to Saudi Arabia as the Army's Targeting Intelligence Officer to support OPN DESERT SHIELD / DESERT STORM, to Haiti as the Intelligence Task Force Operations Officer for OPN UPHOLD DEMOCRACY, and to Bosnia-Herzegovina as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (G2), 1st Armored Division in support of OPN JOINT GUARD.

He commanded at the battalion level in the XVIIIth Airborne Corps at Ft. Liberty (then Ft. Bragg), NC and 1st Infantry Division in Germany, where he served as a Community Commander in the 98th Area Support Group, Ansbach, Germany. COL Sims concluded his 26 years of uniformed service as the Intelligence Division Chief, Force Development Directorate of Materiel, HQs, Department of the Army on the Army Staff at the Pentagon, where he was directly responsible for the fielding of Intelligence and Electronic Warfare systems across the Army to shape the Future Force.

Following Army retirement (2006), COL Sims continued to serve the Nation for over a decade as a senior civil servant, serving in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, where he led the establishment of the Joint Intelligence and Operations Center (JIOC) construct within all of the DoD's Combatant Commands, and also served as head of DoD Security Policy. His public service culminated with a SecDef appointment as Director of the Defense Security Service (DSS), retiring as a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service (SES-3). As DSS Director, he brought together government and industry partners to operate as a unified national security team and improve the overall National Industrial Security Program.

COL Sims' awards and decorations include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLC), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Ribbon (BS), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, NATO Medal, Saudi Arabia-Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Senior Parachutist Badge, and he was awarded the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Civilian Service in 2009.

COL Sims is married to the former LaVerne Williams of Lexa, AR, a 1980 ASU Honor Graduate.