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Army Aviation Leaders

Commanders of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Predecessor Agencies

Director, Department of Air Training, U.S. Army Field Artillery School, Ft. Sill, OK

  • COL William W. Ford 3 August 1942 - 15 January 1944
  • COL Gordon J. Wolf 16 January 1944 - 2 November 1945
  • COL William W. Ford 3 November 1945 - 6 December 1945

Commandant, U.S. Army Ground Forces Air Training School, Ft. Sill, OK

  • MG Louis E. Hibbs 7 December 1945 - 4 June 1946
  • MG Clift Andrus June 1945 - November 1946

Director, Department of Air Training, U.S. Army Field Artillery School, Ft. Sill, OK

  • COL William W. Ford November 1946 - August 1947
  • COL Carl I. Hutton August 1947 - November 1949
  • COL Edward 0. Hopkins November 1949 - October 1951
  • COL I. B. Washburn October 1951 - July 1953

Commandant, U.S. Army Aviation School, Ft. Sill, OK

  • COL I. B. Washburn January 1953 - June 1954
  • BG Carl I. Hutton July 1954 - August 1954

Commandant, U.S. Army Aviation School, Ft. Rucker, AL

  • BG Carl I. Hutton September 1954 - January 1955

Commander, U.S. Army Aviation Center and Commandant, U.S. Army Aviation School, Ft. Rucker, AL

  • BG Carl I. Hutton February 1955 - June 1957
  • MG Bogardus S. Cairns June 1957 - December 1958
  • COL John J. Tolson, III (acting) January 1959
  • MG Earnest F. Easterbrook February 1959 - March 1962
  • BG Robert R. Williams March 1962 - August 1963
  • MG Clifton F. Von Kann August 1963 - February 1965
  • MG John J. Tolson, III March 1965 - March 1967
  • MG Delk M. Oden March 1967 - September 1970
  • MG Allen M. Burdett September 1970 - August 1973
  • MG William J. Maddox September 1973 - June 1976
  • MG James C. Smith June 1976 - December 1978MG James H. Merryman December 1978 - 28 July 1980Commander, U.S. Army Aviation Center and Commandant, U.S. Army Aviation School, Ft. Rucker, AL / Chief, U.S. Army Aviation Branch
  • MG Carl H. McNair, Jr. July 1980 - June 1983
  • MG Bobby J. Maddox June 1983 - January 1985
  • MG Ellis D. Parker January 1985 - September 1989
  • MG Rudolph Ostovich III September 1989 - July 1991MG. John D. Robinson July 1991 - July 1994
  • MG Ronald E. Adams July 1994 - September 1996
  • MG Daniel J. Petrosky September 1996 - September 1998
  • MG Anthony R. Jones September 1998 - August 2001
  • MG John M. Curran August 2001 - December 2003
  • MG E.J. Sinclair December 2003 - June 2006
  • BG Virgil L. Packett II June 2006 - July 2008
  • MG James O. Barclay July 2008 - August 2010
  • MG Anthony R.G. Crutchfield July 2008 - August 2012
  • MG Kevin W. Mangum August 2012 - March 2014
  • MG Michael D. Lundy March 2014 - April 2016
  • MG William K. Gayler April 2016 - Present

Command Sergeants Major of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Predecessor Agencies

  • SGM/CSM Carl W. Griffin 1965/1966-1969
  • CSM Clifton A. Wagner 1970 - 1973
  • CSM William L. Nolin 1973 - 1975
  • CSM Robert L. Roots 1975 - 1980
  • CSM David L. Spears 1980 - 1984
  • CSM Roger W. Putnam 1984 - 1985
  • CSM Tilden R. Kirkland 1985 - 1987
  • CSM John P. Traylor 1987 - 1989
  • CSM Roy McCormes 1989 - 1991
  • CSM Freddy Finch, Jr. 1991 - 1995
  • CSM Marvin E. Horne January 1995 - November 1997
  • CSM Edward P. Iannone March 1998 - November 2002
  • CSM Walter Belkman November 2002 - January 2005
  • CSM Buford Thomas, Jr. January 2005 - January 2007
  • CSM Donald R. Sanders January 2007 - May 2009
  • CSM Tod L. Glidewell May 2009 - March 2012
  • CSM James H. Thomson March 2012 - March 2014
  • CSM Eric Thom March 2014 - March 2016
  • CSM Gregory M. Chambers March 2016 - Present

Chief Warrant Officers of the Army Aviation Branch

  • CW5 Stephen T. Knowles II May 2002 - October 2004
  • CW5 Brent C. Driggers October 2004 - December 2006
  • CW5 Randall G. Gant April 2007 - August 2008
  • CW5 Jeffrey A. Reichard August 2008 - August 2010
  • CW5 Michael L. Reese August 2010 - November 2013
  • CW5 Allen R. Randy Godfrey November 2013 - April 2016
  • CW5 Joseph B. Roland April 2016 - Present

Commanders of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command (AMCOM) and Predecessor Agencies

Transportation Corps Army Aviation Field Service Office (TCAAFSO)

  • BG I. Sewell Morris December 52 - March 55

Transportation Supply and Maintenance Command (TSMC)

  • BG I. Sewell Morris March 1955 - October 1955
  • MG William B. Bunker November 1955 - October 1959

U.S. Army Transportation Materiel Command (TMC)

  • MG William B. Bunker October 1959 - May 1962
  • MG David B. Parker August 1962 - November 1962

U.S. Army Aviation and Surface Materiel Command (AVSCOM)

  • MG David B. Parker November 1962 - January 1964

U.S. Army Aviation Materiel Command (AVCOM)

  • MG Howard F. Schultz April 1964 - May 1967
  • MG John Norton June 1967 - September 1968

U.S. Army Aviation Systems Command (AVSCOM)

  • MG John Norton September 1968 - October 1969
  • MG John L. Klingenhagen November 1969 - June 1971
  • MG Fred Kornet, Jr. July 1971 - November 1972
  • MG Frank A. Hinrichs November 1972 - July 1975
  • MG Evind H. Johansen August 1975 - June 1977

U.S. Army Troop Support and Aviation Materiel Readiness Command (TSARCOM)

  • MG Richard H. Thompson July 1977 - July 1980
  • MG Emil L. Konopnicki July 1980 - June 1983
  • MG Kenneth E. Lewi June 1983 - October 1983

U.S. Army Aviation Research and Development Command (AVRADCOM)

  • MG Story C. Stevens July 1977 - July 1983
  • MG Orlando E. Gonzales July 1983 - March 1984

U.S. Army Aviation Systems Command (AVSCOM)

  • MG Orlando E. Gonzales March 1984 - June 1986
  • MG Richard E. Stephenson II June 1986 - September 1989
  • MG Donald R. Williamson September 1989 - July 1992

U.S. Army Aviation and Troop Command (ATCOM)

  • MG Donald R. Williamson July 1992 - April 1993
  • MG John S. Cowings April 1993 - June 1995
  • MG John J. Cusick June 1995 - April 1996
  • MG Emmitt E. Gibson June 1996 - June 1997

U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM)

  • MG Emmitt E. Gibson July 1997 - July 1999
  • MG Julian A. Sullivan 9 July 1999 - 10 September 2001
  • MG Larry J. Dodgen 10 September 2001 - 1 December 2003
  • MG James H. Pillsbury 1 December 2003 - 19 July 2007
  • MG James R. Myles 19 July 2007 - 10 September 2010
  • MG James E. Rogers 10 September 2010 - 6 June 2012
  • MG Lynn A. Collyar 6 June 2012 - 12 June 2014
  • MG James M. Richardson 12 June 2014 - 18 February 2016
  • MG Douglas M. Gabram 18 February 2016 - Present

Directors of Army Aviation

  • MG Hamilton H. Howze 1956 - 1957
  • BG Ernest F. Easterbrook 1957 - 1959
  • COL Hallett D. Edson 1959
  • MG Clifton Von Kann 1959 - 1961
  • BG Delk M. Oden 1961 - 1963
  • COL Robert H. Schulz 1963
  • BG John J. Tolson, III 1963 - 1965
  • BG George P. Seneff, Jr. 1965 - 1966
  • COL Delbert L. Bristol 1966
  • MG Robert R. Williams 1966 - 1967
  • BG Edwin L. Powell, Jr. 1967 - 1969
  • COL Jack W. Hemingway 1969
  • MG John L. Klingenhagen 1969
  • COL Jack W. Hemingway 1969 - 1970
  • MG Allen M. Burdett, Jr. 1970
  • MG William J. Maddox, Jr. 1970 - 1973
  • BG James H. Merryman 1973 - 1974
  • BG Charlie Canedy 1976 - 1977
  • MG Carl McNair 1978
  • BG Richard D. Kenyon 1979 - 1980
  • BG Ellis D. Parker 1981 - 1982
  • MG Robert F. Molinelli 1983
  • BG Jerome H. Granrud 1988
  • BG William Forster 1989 - 1990
  • BG Ronald E. Adams 1992 - 1993
  • COL William P. Dickens Jr. 1994
  • COL Jan E. Callen 1995
  • COL Roger E. McCauley 1998 - 1999
  • COL Reed Kowalczyk 2000 - 2001
  • BG James D. Thurman 2003 - 2004
  • MG Jeffrey Schloesser 2005 - 2006
  • BG Stephen D. Mundt 2007 - 2008
  • Directors of Army Aviation continued
  • BG Walter L. Davis 2008 - 2009
  • COL William H. Morris 2009 - 2010
  • COL Patrick E. Tierney 2010 - 2012
  • COL John J. Lindsey 2013 - 2015
  • MG Erik C. Peterson 2016 - Present

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