Colonel Aaron Wilkes commissioned as an Adjutant General Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School 19 September 1996. His first officer duty assignment was as a United States Army Reserve (USAR) Personnel Management Officer, 63rd Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel (DCSPER) Officer Management, Los Alamitos California. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Adjutant General Officer Basic Course Student, Adjutant General School, Fort Jackson South Carolina; Personnel Management Officer, 63rd DCSPER, Enlisted Branch, Los Alamitos California; Company Commander, 729th Adjutant General Company (Postal), San Diego California; Company Commander, 394th Adjutant General Company (Postal), Long Beach California; Internal Review Auditor, 63rd Regional Support Command, Los Alamitos California; Battalion Adjutant/Acting Executive Officer, 320 CS HHD Corp Battalion, Irvine California; Equal Opportunity Advisor, 63rd Regional Support Command, Los Alamitos California; C1, MITT Ops/Plans Officer, 1st ID Mobile Training & Transition Team, Camp Victory, Iraq; Command Public Affairs Officer, 63rd Regional Support Command, Los Alamitos California; Equal Opportunity Program Manager, 79th Sustainment Support Command, Los Alamitos California; Human Resource Plans Officer, HQs U.S. Army Japan, Camp Zama, Japan; Battalion Commander, 363rd Regiment 3rd Battalion (CS CSS), Los Alamitos California; Chief Advanced Officer Training, Soldier Support Institute, Fort Jackson, South Carolina. At the time of his induction Colonel Wilkes was serving as Assistant Chief of Staff G-1 for the 311th Signal Command Headquarters (Theater) at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. | His military education and training includes: Adjutant General Officer Basic Course; Civil Affairs Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms Services and Staff School (CAS3), Command and General Staff College; Human Resources Management Qualification Course; Intermediate Level Education, United States Army Command and General Staff College; United States Army War College; and Joint Combined Warfighting School (JCWS) JPME-II Joint Forces Staff College.