Commanding General, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker
Maj. Gen. William Gayler assumed duties as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker, Alabama, April 6, 2016. Gayler is a Distinguished Military Graduate of North Georgia College in Dahlonega, Georgia. There he received a Bachelor of Business Administration and was commissioned as an Aviation Officer in 1988. He holds two master’s degrees, one in Military Arts and Sciences and one in National Security Strategy. Maj. Gen. Gayler is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the National War College. More
Deputy to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence
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. More
Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence
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 Officer Basic Course and flight school, he served as an assault helicopter platoon leader and infantry liaison officer in the 2d Battalion (Assault), 2d Infantry Division, Camp Stanley, Korea, from 1990-1991. He then completed the Aviation Officer Advanced Course and proceeded to Fort Bragg, N.C. More
Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence
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. He attended the Aviation Officer Basic Course and graduated flight school in 1990 as an AH-1 rated Aviator. More
Chief Warrant Officer of the Aviation Branch
Chief Warrant Officer Five Joseph Roland is a native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines in 1986 and completed USMC Basic Training in April 1986 at Parris Island, South Carolina. CW5 Roland attended the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Basic Course and U.S. Army Helicopter Flight Training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, in 1992. He completed UH-60 pilot qualification and was appointed a WO1 in October, 1993. More
Command Sergeant Major of the Aviation Branch
Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory M. Chambers is a native of Yakima, Washington. He entered the United States Army on November 2, 1987, and attended Basic Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Eustis, Virginia. More
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