High Honor for Former Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lieutenant General Maples
Enlarge image Ambassador Ammon and Lt. General Maples (Ret.) (© Germany.info/ by J. DeTiege)
Ambassador Peter Ammon presented one of Germany’s highest honors to the former director of the United States Defense Intelligence Agency, Lieutenant General Mike Maples (Ret.), in a ceremony at the Ambassador’s Residence on April 27. Lieutenant General Maples was honored with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his outstanding commitment to transatlantic cooperation.
A native of Bonham, Texas, Lieutenant General Maples served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from November 2005 to March 2009.
Prior to his assignment with DIA, Lieutenant General Maples’ numerous command assignments included Commanding General of the United States Army Field Artillery Center and Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Chief of Field Artillery for the United States Army; Assistant Division Commander, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany; 41st Field Artillery Brigade, Babenhausen, Germany. During his military career he also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Intelligence, Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC), and for the Kosovo Force (KFOR), Operation Joint Guardian. Other previous assignments included Assistant Chief of Staff, G3, V Corps, Heidelberg, Germany, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations for United States Army Europe (FWD), Taszar, Hungary, Operation Joint Endeavor.