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Commanding General, USAACE and Fort Rucker

Major General David J. Francis

Commanding General, USAACE 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

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... More

Deputy Commander, USAACE

Col. Kenneth Cole

Deputy Commander, USAACE

Col. Kenneth Cole was born at Fort Rucker, Alabama, the Home of U.S. Army Aviation. He was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1994. His military... More

Chief Warrant Officer, Aviation Branch

CW5 Jonathan P. Koziol

Chief Warrant Officer, 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... More

Command Sgt. Maj., USAACE

Command Sgt. Maj.
Brian N. Hauke

Command Sgt. Maj., 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... 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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