CECOM Commanding General promoted to major general
July 22, 2014
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland : Brigadier General Bruce T. Crawford, Commanding General, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command and APG Senior Mission Commander, was promoted to major general during a promotion ceremony July 21 at the Myer Auditorium here.
Gen. Dennis L. Via, Commanding General of Army Materiel Command, led the ceremony among more than 500 senior leaders, service members, CECOM civilians, family members, and friends.
"This is a great day for the Crawford family and the presence of so many of our senior leaders is a tribute to their ongoing contribution to our Army," said Via during his opening remarks.
Via mentioned that in the approximate 82,000 Army officers, only 116 are major generals. Crawford was one out of 31 brigadier generals that was selected for promotion, Via said.
"Brig. Gen. Crawford has a long history of exemplary service and I can't think of a more qualified leader to be promoted to major general," said Via.
Crawford recognized his mother Sarah, wife Dianne, and niece Kamirin, by presenting them bouquets of flowers. He also thanked his other immediate family and friends including his two sons 1st Lt. Bruce Crawford Jr. and Corey. Crawford recognized the impact that they had on his life, and he also highlighted many others who have helped through his 28 years of service.
"I've been truly blessed for the guidance, care and concern that all of you have taught me over the years," Crawford said after being promoted. "I thank all those who saw more in me than I saw in myself."
Crawford is a native of Columbia, S.C., and was commissioned May 28, 1986, after graduating with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from S.C. State University. He also holds a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Crawford said he is a product of an environment of nurturing family members and encouraging mentors, including his then ROTC instructor from SCSU.
"My ROTC instructor told me something that I'll never forget, he said that it's all about 'genuine care and concern.' That is something I've always remembered and try to do that every day in this job," said Crawford.
Crawford emphasized that the entire promotion ceremony was less about him and all about an, "opportunity to publically thank those who are most responsible for me standing here today."
"If you take nothing else from this ceremony remember that I take seriously the enormous responsibility that has been bestowed on me, I take seriously what we stand for as a nation, and my family and I will continue to try and make a difference while standing on point for you."
Crawford has 28 years of military service in a variety of leadership positions at tactical, operational and strategic levels. He assumed command of CECOM on May 20 after his most recent post of J6, Director of C4/Cyber and Chief Information Officer, U. S. European Command. Prior to that, he served as the Commanding General, 5th Theater Signal Command, and G6, United States Army Europe in Wiesbaden, Germany.