BG Maria A. Biank assumed duties as the United States European Command J6/Deputy J3 Cyber on 13 July 2018. BG Biank earned a regular Army commission as a Signal Officer through the ROTC program at The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. BG Biank’s initial assignment was in Germany from 1991- 1994 where she held the positions of Signal Communications Platoon Leader, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery (HAWK), 32d Army Air Defense Command (AADCOM), and Platoon Leader, 11th Air Defense Signal Battalion, 32d AADCOM (later 413th Signal Company, 94th ADA Brigade, 32d AADCOM).
From 1995-2002, she served as Assistant Operations Officer (S3) and Commander, Delta Company, 51st Signal Battalion (Airborne), 35th Signal Brigade (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC; S6, 524th Military Intelligence Battalion, 501st Military Intelligence Brigade, Yongsan, Korea; Action Officer, G6, Intelligence and Security Command, Fort Belvoir, VA; and Intern, eArmyU program, Assistant Secretary of the Army, Manpower and Reserve Affairs with simultaneous duty as a White House Social Aide.
From 2003-2006, BG Biank was assigned as the Deputy G6, 4th Infantry Division, Tikrit, Iraq; Executive Officer, 13th Signal Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Baghdad, Iraq; and Deputy G6, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX and during Operations Katrina and Rita. In 2006, she served as the Executive Assistant to the Director, Defense Information Systems Agency and Commander, Joint Task Force Global Network Operations, Arlington, VA. From 2008-2011, she served as the G6, 3rd Infantry Division, Tikrit, Iraq and Fort Stewart, GA; followed by an assignment on the 37th CSA’s transition team and the Army Staff, G3/5/7 LandWarNet Division, Washington, DC. From 2012-2014, she commanded the 93rd Signal Brigade, Fort Eustis, VA, responsible for 34 Army Network Enterprise Centers east of the Mississippi River.
After command, BG Biank was assigned to Fort Meade, MD at the Joint Force Headquarters – DoD Information Networks as the J3 and later served as the Executive Officer to the Headquarters Department of the Army Chief Information Officer and G6 in the Pentagon. Prior to her EUCOM assignment, she was the G3, Army Cyber Command, Fort Belvoir, VA.
BG Biank’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, The College of William and Mary; a Master’s degree in Military History, US Army Command and General Staff College; and a Master’s Degree in National Resource Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces. She is a graduate of the U.S. Army Signal Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the US Army Command and General Staff College, and the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
BG Biank’s military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (1OLC), Legion of Merit (2OLC), Bronze Star (2OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (4OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), National Defense Service Medal (1 Star), Armed Forces Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (2 Stars), Global War on Terrorism Medals (Expeditionary and Service), Korean Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Medal, and Overseas Service Medal (Numeral 5). She is authorized to wear the Meritorious Unit Citation, the Army Staff Identification Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. She has been awarded the Bronze Order of Mercury and the Noble Patron of Armor.