Aviation, missile engineers welcome new leader
July 28, 2014
- Acting director receives promotion.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (July 28, 2014) -- The U.S. Army announced it is filling a senior leadership position responsible for aviation and missile research.
James B. Lackey Jr. has become the director of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
AMRDEC is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers.
"The RDECOM Board of Directors and I are very pleased to have someone of James' qualifications in the director's role permanently," RDECOM Director Dale A. Ormond wrote in an email to the workforce.
Since January 2013, Lackey has served as director of the Engineering Directorate within AMRDEC. In January 2014, Lackey became acting AMRDEC director.
A native of Maryland, Lackey had a near 25-year career at the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River, Md. He was a strike aircraft flight test project engineer for more than a decade.
Lackey's first senior executive service assignment was with the Office of the Secretary of Defense supporting the under secretary of Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics as the director of Air Warfare programs.
"The strategic vision and vast experience he gained in those roles will stand him and the Army in good stead as he sets the direction for AMRDEC to tackle Army and joint air warfare challenges," Ormond wrote. "In his time as acting director of AMRDEC, James has proven to be a strong leader who keeps the needs of the Soldier foremost in his mind."
During his time as acting director, Lackey stressed the importance of reaching out across the enterprise.
"AMRDEC is all about collaboration," Lackey said. "I view this as central to our strategic framework and how we operate as an aligned organization. Given what I've seen and been part of leading this organization, I have no doubt we will continue to prevail in delivering game changing technologies to ever promote dominance in ever increasing complex and evolving battlespaces."
RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness -- technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it.