Sova assumes UAS responsibilities
May 21, 2009
By Paul Prince
- Unmanned Aircraft Systems commander keeps capabilities current
FORT RUCKER, Ala.--The Training and Doctrine Capability Manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (TCM UAS) ensures that UAS capabilities are current and meet the needs of its users, such as ground commanders. Col. Robert J. Sova assumed this responsibility from Col. Jeffrey T. Kappenman May 15 during a change of charter ceremony here in the U.S. Army Aviation Museum.
Earlier in the day, Kappenman retired after 26 years of military service.
Maj. Gen. James O. Barclay III, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) commander, presented Sova with the TCM UAS Charter that authenticates the transfer of responsibility.
USAACE could not have selected a better officer than Sova to continue moving Army Aviation's UAS program forward, according to Barclay.
"I know that you will do a great job," Barclay told Sova. "Thanks for taking on this important challenge."
Instead of passing the colors of a unit as seen in most change of command ceremonies, a framed charter document was passed from the outgoing TCM to Barclay and then to the incoming TCM, representing the change in responsibility.
Sova takes the reigns as TCM UAS after recently serving as the Army's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence director.
"I am the warfighters' representative at the tactical level, and I love what I do," said Sova. "There is no doubt that this (technology) is saving lives."