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Aberdeen Proving Ground welcomes new CECOM, RDECOM leaders, will also bid farewell to Maj. Gen. Justice

Two lead organizations at Aberdeen Proving Ground will be changing their commands later this week.

Maj. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell will take command of theU.S. ArmyCommunications-Electronics Command in a ceremony Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Myer Auditorium at the C4ISR Center of Excellence campus at APG.

Then on Friday, theU.S. ArmyResearch, Development and Engineering Command will conduct a change of responsibility ceremony that will transfer the organization's leadership from a two-star general to an Army civilian executive.

Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, the RDECOM and APG installation commander since December 2009, will relinquish command to Dale Ormond, the organization's executive deputy, in a 10 a.m. ceremony at the post theater.

Justice, who will retire after 42 years of service to his country in a separate ceremony at a later date, has led APG during the final two years of the BRAC implementation process that has greatly changed the size and scope of the Harford County defense installation.

CECOM change

At theU.S. ArmyCommunications-Electronics Command, Maj. Gen. Randolph P. Strong will relinquish command after successfully leading the base closure and realignment move from Fort Monmouth, N.J., and leading the creation of the new C4ISR Center of Excellence. Strong will retire after more than 34 years of Army service.

Ferrell, the new commander, joins CECOM and Team APG from the U.S. Africa Command where he served as the director, Command and Control, Communications and Computer Systems and chief information officer. He will become the ranking general at APG.

Now headquartered at APG, CECOM is the soldier's one-stop-shop for life-cycle support of the communications-electronics systems and equipment they carry. CECOM conducts training missions; provides field support for equipment and systems modifications and upgrades; and provides logistics expertise to ensure the on-time delivery of equipment, services and capabilities to the soldier, according to a new release from the organization.

RDECOM change

At theU.S. ArmyResearch, Development and Engineering Command, or RDECOM, Ormond returns to APG from theU.S. ArmyCombined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he served as deputy to the commanding general since 2008. He previously served as the deputy assistant secretary of the Army (for elimination of chemical weapons) and as acting deputy assistant secretary of the army for policy and procurement.

A former Navy submarine officer and a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Ormond holds a master of science degree in environmental systems engineering from Clemson University and has Level III certification in Department of Defense Acquisition Program Management. With a background in nuclear safety, industrial facility operations and nuclear/ chemical waste disposal, Ormond's resume spans more than 25 years with the Department of Energy and Department of Defense. He was selected for Senior Executive Service in July 2004.

Under Justice's watch, RDECOM has flourished as the Army's technical research and development command, according to a news release issued by the organization, which he led, along with APG, through the final stages of the 2005 Base Closure and Realignment process. During that time, Justice served as an intermediary between APG and corporate and government leadership at local, state and national levels.

"The Aberdeen area has been blessed... by the BRAC move," Justice said of the process that has brought nearly 8,000 government positions to APG.

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