SMDC announces Change of Command
Major General David L. Mann

Aug. 5, 2013

Release Number 1308-01


Maj. Gen. David L. Mann to serve as next USASMDC/ARSTRAT Commanding General

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - Maj. Gen. David L. Mann was confirmed by the Senate on Aug. 1 for promotion to lieutenant general and for assignment as the commanding general for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command. He will also assume dual role responsibility as the Commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense under the U.S. Strategic Command.

Mann will be promoted and assume command during ceremonies beginning at 9 a.m., on Aug. 12 at the Von Braun Complex III auditorium, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. The outgoing Commanding General Lt. Gen. Richard P. Formica, is retiring after 36 years of service.

"Dave Mann is absolutely the right person to command SMDC/ARSTRAT and JFCC IMD," Formica said. "He is an outstanding officer with tremendous Army and joint experience in air and missile defense. He previously commanded the 32nd Air and Missile Defense Command, and most recently was the commanding general, U.S. Army Recruiting Command.

"He and his wife Robyn are a terrific command team who will serve the command well as they join the communities in Huntsville and Colorado Springs," Formica added.

His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science in biology from Millersville University, a master's degree in science in engineering management from George Washington University, and a master's degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College. His military education includes the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Naval War College.

Mann's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three oak leaf clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal (oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (oak leaf cluster), Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Recruiter Badge, Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge and Army Staff Identification Badge.

He was deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom twice, as well as Operation Sea Signal, among other deployments.

USASMDC/ARSTRAT serves as the Army's force modernization proponent for space, global missile defense, and high altitude. As the Army's operational integrator for global missile defense, USASMDC/ARSTRAT focuses on three core tasks: Provide trained and ready Space and Missile Defense forces and capabilities to the Warfighter and the Nation (today); Build future Space and Missile Defense forces (tomorrow); and Research, test, and integrate Space, Missile Defense, cyber, directed energy, & related technologies (day-after-tomorrow).

For further information regarding this release contact USASMDC/ARSTRAT Public Affairs at (256) 955-1641 or email

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