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Commanding General, USAACE and Fort Rucker

Major General William K. Gayler

Commanding General, USAACE 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, 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. Thomas R. Drew

Deputy Commander, USAACE

Col. Tom Drew enlisted in the Army in 1982 and graduated from flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama, on September 13, 1983. During his initial tours he served as both an AH-1 Cobra and AH-64 Apache instructor pilot. More

Chief of Staff, USAACE

Col. Robert T. Ault

Chief of Staff, USAACE

Col. Robert T. Ault is a Distinguished Military Graduate from California State University San Bernardino, California, where he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Aviation in 1989. Ault was first assigned to 1-6 Cavalry... More

Chief Warrant Officer, Aviation Branch

CW5 Joseph B. Roland

Chief Warrant Officer, 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. More

Command Sgt. Maj., USAACE

Command Sgt. Maj.
Gregory M. Chambers

Command Sgt. Maj., 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... More

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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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