Not even the COVID-19 pandemic can interrupt the Army’s system of leadership rotation. Redstone Arsenal has seen a number of changes in leadership positions, with even more changes to come in the next few weeks.
Topping the list of pending changes, Lieutenant General Edward M. Daly will be promoted to the rank of general and assume command of Army Materiel Command (AMC). LTG Daly currently serves as AMC Deputy Commanding General/Redstone Arsenal Chief of Staff, a position he’s held since August 2017.
He previously served as the Commanding General of Army Sustainment Command at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., where he executed AMC’s mission to deliver readiness. Prior to commanding ASC, he served as Army Materiel Command’s Deputy Chief of Staff, overseeing the roles and functions of the Headquarters staff.
Daly was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps upon his graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1987. He earned Master’s Degrees in Business Administration from Gonzaga University, and in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
Filling LTG Daly’s position will be Major General Flem B. Walker, Jr. MG Walker has been selected for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as Deputy Commanding General of Army Materiel Command and Redstone Arsenal Senior Commander. MG Walker is currently serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at AMC.
Other recent important leadership changes, or changes in the works include:
Major General Robert L. Marion, the former Program Executive Officer for Aviation at Redstone, has been selected for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as Military Deputy/Director, Army Acquisition Corps, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), Washington, DC. He is currently serving as Deputy Commander, Combined Security Transition Command- Afghanistan, United States Forces-Afghanistan, OPERATION FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, Afghanistan. As the Military Deputy to the ASALT, LTG Marion will support much of the system development and acquisition work at Redstone.
Colonel (Promotable) Robert L. Barrie Jr., will take over as the new Program Executive Officer at PEO Aviation and assume the rank of Brigadier General. He previously served as the Military Deputy Program Executive Officer at the PEO. Patrick Mason, SES, has been in the PEO Director’s position since 2017.
Brigadier General Michael T. Morrissey was approved by the Senate on February 27, 2020, to become the Director for Test, Missile Defense Agency at Redstone. He most recently served as Commanding General, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Major General Charles R. Hamilton, commanding general, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, has also been confirmed by the Senate to become the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics and Operations, U.S. Army Materiel Command, Redstone Arsenal.
Brigadier General Antonio V. Munera is the incoming commanding general, U.S. Army Security Assistance Command. BG Munera was serving as the Deputy- Commanding General, U.S. Army Cadet Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky.
By Mike Ward, cce Senior Vice President Government & Public Affairs
This article appears in the June 2020 issue of Initiatives magazine, a publication of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber.