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Commanding General, USAACE and Fort Rucker

Major General Michael D. Lundy

Commanding General, USAACE and Fort Rucker

Maj. Gen. Mike Lundy was commissioned as an Aviation second lieutenant in 1987 from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. After completing the Aviation Officers Basic Course, Basic Rotary Wing Training and the OH-58D transition, he was assigned to Task Force 23, 3rd Infantry Division in Giebelstadt, Germany, where he served as a company executive officer and target acquisition and reconnaissance platoon leader. More

Deputy to the Commanding General, USAACE

Russell B. Hall

Deputy to the Commanding General, USAACE

Selected to the Senior Executive Service in September 2001, Mr. Russell B. Hall is currently assigned as the Deputy to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker, Ala. In this capacity, Hall assesses and implements the commanding general’s strategic vision to integrate and align key organizational and program goals, priorities, and resourcing to successfully enable mission accomplishment. His strategic leadership responsibility is to access, analyze, acquire, and administer human, financial, material, and information resources in a manner that instills public... More

Deputy Commander, USAACE

Col. David J. Francis

Deputy Commander, USAACE

Col. David Francis is a native of Pennsylvania and received his commission from Gannon University, Erie, Pa. Francis has served in a series of command and staff positions. After graduation from Aviation... More

Chief of Staff, USAACE

Col. Allan M. Pepin

Chief of Staff, USAACE

Col. Allan M. Pepin received his commission to second lieutenant of Aviation upon graduation from Wentworth Institute of Technology’s ROTC program in 1988, with a degree in architectural engineering. More

Chief Warrant Officer, Aviation Branch

CW5 Allen R. (Randy) Godfrey

Chief Warrant Officer, Aviation Branch

Chief Warrant Officer Five Allen R. Godfrey entered the Army in 1987 and attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, S.C. He graduate Warrant Officer Candidate School and Warrant... More

Command Sgt. Maj., USAACE

Command Sgt. Maj.
Eric C. Thom

Command Sgt. Maj., Aviation Branch

Command Sgt. Maj. Eric C. Thom is a native of Lancaster, Calif. He entered the United States Army as a cannon crew-member (13B). He completed Basic Training and Advanced... More

Branch insignia of U.S. Army Aviation

Fort Rucker, named U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence in 2008, serves as the headquarters for Army Aviation. While the garrison command manages the daily operations of the Fort Rucker community, the Aviation Branch Headquarters develops, coordinates and deploys Aviation operations, training and doctrine. The U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence also hosts various Army tenant organizations.

The U.S Army Aviation Center of Excellence headquarters staff analyzes, assesses, provides staff management oversight and recommends for decision all activities affecting Army Aviation policy, command guidance and the development, implementation and execution of processes to support the command in meeting its mission.

The staff facilitates the coordination and dissemination of Army Aviation operational concepts, plans, doctrine and training to the Combined Army Center, Army Capabilities Integration Center, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's Deputy Commanding General for Initial Military Training, and the TRADOC Headquarters.

The staff also supports USAACE subordinate units in executing command initiatives to include Aviation office, Warrant Officer, NCO and enlisted training, leader development and education, Aviation Force Development and the development and integration of Army Aviation capabilities.

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