Ordnance School welcomes new commandant
May 20, 2013
FORT LEE, Va. (May 17, 2013) - The U.S. Army Ordnance School welcomed Col. John F. "Jack" Haley as its new commandant and Chief of Ordnance, during a change of command ceremony May 17. Haley arrived at Fort Lee from the U.S. Army Materiel Command, where he served as the special assistant to the commanding general.
"Jack understands the importance of support to the warfighter and is a proven leader, who brings an extraordinary combination of talent and experience to the position," said Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee commanding general. "He knows the value of training, understands leader development and will continue to move the Ordnance School forward in the 21st century."
Haley replaces Brig. Gen. Edward M. Daly, who will transfer to 1st Theater Sustainment Command, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, and assume the duties of deputy commander.
"Today is really about the history and tradition of the Ordnance Corps, as well as the outstanding teamwork being demonstrated across CASCOM each and every day," Daly said. "I am thankful and honored to have served at this pivotal time in TRADOC (Training and Doctrine Command) and CASCOM."
Daly was credited with many accomplishments during his 11 month tour, including the training of more than 35,000 ordnance Soldiers; leading the way in the redesign effort of support maintenance companies; and the development of credentialing initiatives.
"Ed, we are extremely lucky to have had you at the helm," Wyche said. "You embraced your mission, and years from now, your legacy will show that you tackled some of the most crucial issues and challenges that faced the Ordnance Corps."
During his remarks, Haley addressed the Soldiers in formation and guests.
"This is a change of command and not a change of direction," Haley said. "The Ordnance School is, and will remain, nested with the TRADOC and CASCOM priorities."
The Ordnance School instructs students in 32 enlisted career fields, nine warrant officer specialties and two officer areas of concentration. Training areas include munitions, explosive ordnance disposal and mechanical and electronic maintenance.