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
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 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 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
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., 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
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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