2021 Hall of Fame Inductee
Purdue University (1986)
Lt. Gen. (R) Karen Gibson entered the Army in 1986 as a Distinguished Military Graduate of Purdue University’s Army ROTC program, commissioning into the Military Intelligence Corps. She has served in a variety of joint and operational intelligence duty assignments in the United States, Middle East, Afghanistan, Africa and Korea and has commanded at the company, battalion and brigade level.
Her most recent military assignments include the Deputy Director for National Security Partnerships at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Director, J2, U.S. Central Command Director of Intelligence, CJ2, Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve; Deputy Commanding General for U.S. Army Cyber Command’s Joint Headquarters; Director, Combined Joint Intelligence Operations Center – Afghanistan; Brigade Commander, 704th Military Intelligence Brigade; and Director of Intelligence, CJ2, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa.
She continues to support the Nation as a subject matter expert in National Security in her newly elected role as the Senate Sergeant at Army.
As a highly respected intelligence office, mentor and leader, Gibson’s contributions to the Nation are exemplary. During her 33 years of service, she displayed extensive leadership and knowledge in her field. Her character, service and achievements exemplify the spirit of “Duty, Honor, Country.”
About the Army ROTC Hall of Fame
The ROTC Hall of Fame was established in 2016 as part of the ROTC Centennial celebration. The first class (2016) inducted 326 former ROTC Cadets who had distinguished themselves in their military or civilian career.
The Hall of Fame honors graduates of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps who have distinguished themselves in military or civilian pursuits. It provides a prestigious and tangible means of recognizing and honoring Army ROTC Alumni who have made lasting, significant contributions to the Nation, the Army and the history and traditions of the Army ROTC Program.