REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - Lt. Gen. Richard P. Formica assumed command of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command and the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense during a ceremony conducted today here.

"I accept today, without reservation, the responsibilities inherent in command of SMDC/ARSTRAT and JFCC-IMD," said Formica during the ceremony.

Besides the command's unique role, Formica also recognized the community, saying, "to the community leaders here today, thank you for your continued support of SMDC/ARSTRAT...Diane and I are excited to join this community and to be on your team."

Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, Army Vice Chief of Staff, hosted the ceremony.

In a separate ceremony before the change of command, Formica was promoted by Chiarelli.

USASMDC/ARSTRAT conducts space and missile defense operations and provides planning, integration, control and coordination of Army forces and capabilities in support of U.S. Strategic Command missions (Strategic Deterrence, Integrated Missile Defense, Space Operations, and Cyberspace Operations); serves as the Army specified proponent for space, high altitude, and ground-based midcourse defense; serves as the Army operational integrator for global missile defense; and conducts mission-related research and development in support of Army Title 10 responsibilities.

Formica served as a special assistant to the chief of staff, United States Army, since December 2009. He was the commander of the Combined Security Transition Command, Afghanistan, in Operation Enduring Freedom from December 2008 to November 2009.

Campbell leaves USASMDC/ARSTRAT after having served as commander since Dec. 18, 2006. Prior to USASMDC/ARSTRAT, he was the chief of staff at USSTRATCOM. Campbell retires with more than 37 years active military service.

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