Colonel Bill Hix is the Commander of Afghan Regional Security Integration Command – South. Previously, Colonel Hix served as the Chief of Staff for Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A) in Kabul. Earlier wartime assignments include Chief of Strategy for Multi-National Force-Iraq from 2004 to 2005.
Over more than 27 years of Army service, Colonel Hix has held a variety of leadership and staff positions in Airborne, Air Assault, and Special Forces units. He has served on several high level staffs, including as Chief of Strategy on the Joint Staff, with Combatant Commands in Korea and the United States, including serving as principal special assistant to Commander, US Joint Forces Command, and NATO, as principal special assistant to Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic and Supreme Allied Commander, Transformation. He had a leading role in concept development for both the Stryker Brigade Combat Team and the Future Combat System. He also saw service in peacekeeping missions in the Western Sahara and the Sinai Peninsula, commanded soldiers in ground combat during Desert Storm, and led a theater counter-terrorist unit.
A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he holds a Masters degree and was a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (2nd Award), Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal (2nd Award), South West Asia Service Medal (2 battle stars), Iraq Campaign Medal, the UN Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge, and Master Parachutist Badge.
He and his wife Sharon, a biology teacher, have been married for 27 years and reside in Northern Virginia. Their son, Joe, is in government service as well.