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U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence

Commanding General, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker

Maj. Gen. David J. Francis

Commanding General, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker

Maj. Gen. David J. Francis is a native of Pennsylvania and received his commission from Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania. Francis has served in a series of command and staff positions. After graduation from AVOBC and flight school, he served as an Assault Helicopter Platoon Leader and Infantry Liaison Officer in the 2nd Battalion (Assault), 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Stanley, Korea from 1990 to 1991. He then completed the Aviation Officer Advanced Course and proceeded to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. More

Deputy to the Commanding General, USAACE and Fort Rucker

William (Bill) G. Kidd

Deputy to the Commanding General, USAACE and Fort Rucker

William Kidd is currently assigned as the deputy to the commanding general, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker, Alabama. In this capacity, he 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 trust and accomplishes the institution's mission. More

Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army National Guard, USAACE

Brig. Gen. Marvin T. Hunt (Todd)

Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army National Guard, USAACE

Brig. Gen. Todd Hunt assumed his duties as the Director of Joint Staff, Joint Force Headquarters, North Carolina National Guard and Assistant Adjutant General for Maneuver on Oct. 1, 2016. In this capacity he manages day to day operations of the Joint Staff, State Operations, and maneuver unit oversight. Hunt is also the Deputy Commanding General – Army National Guard for U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence located at Fort Rucker, Alabama. More

Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker

Col. William A. Ryan III

Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker

Col. Bill Ryan was commissioned as an Aviation Officer in 1994 following graduation from the United States Military Academy. There he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. He initially served in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as an Attack Platoon Leader, Liaison Officer, and Battalion S1 in 2-101 Aviation Regiment (Eagle Warrior). He then served as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence before returning to Fort Campbell and serving as a Brigade S1 and then commanding Alpha Company, 3-101 Aviation Regiment (Eagle Attack). More

Chief Warrant Officer of the Aviation Branch

CW5 Jonathan P. Koziol

Chief Warrant Officer of the Aviation Branch

Chief Warrant Officer Five Jonathan Koziol is native of Buffalo, New York. He enlisted in the Navy in 1986 and from there served a two-year tour on the USS Thorn DD-988. Then, he transferred to the Naval Reserve so he could attend college at Erie Community College and graduated in 1991. Koziol was accepted into the Warrant Officer Flight Program in May 1991 and graduated from U.S. Army Helicopter Flight Training in July 1992.  More

Command Sergeant Major, USAACE

Command Sgt. Major Brian N. Hauke

Command Sergeant Major of the Aviation Branch

Command Sgt. Maj. Brian N. Hauke was born in Trenton, Michigan, and raised in Orlando, Florida. He enlisted in the United States Army in June 1990 and attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, with Advanced Individual Training at Fort Eustis, Virginia. More

USAG Fort Rucker

Garrison Commander, USAG Fort Rucker

Col. Whitney B. Gardner

Garrison Commander, USAG Fort Rucker

Col. Whitney B. Gardner graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1996 and commissioned in the Aviation Branch. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a master’s degree in liberal arts from Louisiana State University, and a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Naval Warfare at the Naval War College. More

Interim Deputy to the Garrison Commander, USAG Fort Rucker

Chester (Chet) Witkowski

Deputy to the Garrison Commander, USAG Fort Rucker

Chet Witkowski is the deputy to the garrison commander, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Rucker, Alabama. He is responsible for providing installation-wide services in support of 14,309 service members at Fort Rucker, Camp Shelby, Mississippi, and Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, supporting the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, Training and Doctrine Command, Forces Command, Special Operations Command, Reserve Command, National Guard Bureau and the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, providing quality service to 155,000 service members, civilians, family members, retirees and contractors. More

Command Sergeant Major, USAG Fort Rucker

Command Sgt. Maj. Jasper C. Johnson

Command Sergeant Major, USAG Fort Rucker

Command Sgt. Maj. Jasper C. Johnson is a native of Tifton, Georgia. He enlisted in the Army, August 1, 1990, and attended One Station Unit Training for basic and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Georgia. Johnson has served in every leadership position from Team Leader to Command Sergeant Major. He has also served as Chief Instructor (U.S. Army Airborne School), Battalion Operations Sergeant, Division Transition Team Senior Enlisted Advisor, and Operations Sergeant Major. More

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