ROCK ISLAND, Ill. -- The Department of Defense has announced that Brig. Gen. John F. Wharton will be assigned as commanding general of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command.

Wharton will replace Maj. Gen. Patricia E. McQuistion, who has served as ASC's commanding general since October 2011. A date for the change of command has not been set.

Wharton will come to ASC and Rock Island Arsenal from the Headquarters of the U.S. Army Materiel Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., where he currently serves as AMC's chief of staff. McQuistion, who has been nominated for promotion to lieutenant general, will go to AMC Headquarters to serve as deputy commanding general and chief of staff.

Wharton's military career began in 1981 following his graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He has served assignments at Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Bragg, N.C., Fort Shafter, Hawaii, and Fort Drum, N.Y., as well as at the Pentagon and at the U.S. Army Personnel Command in Alexandria, Va.

His overseas assignments include deployments to Egypt with the Multinational Peacekeeping Force on the Sinai Peninsula, and to Haiti in 1994 during Operation Restore Democracy. In 2008, he deployed to Kuwait as commanding general of AMC's forces in Southwest Asia.

Another leadership change will take place at ASC later this year, when Col. Duane A. Gamble becomes ASC's new deputy commanding general. Gamble, who has been nominated for promotion to brigadier general, will replace Brig. Gen. Brian R. Layer.

A graduate of Western Maryland College (now known as McDaniel College) in Westminster, Md., Gamble earned his commission as an officer through the ROTC program in 1985. He presently serves at Department of the Army Headquarters in Washington, D.C., as director for strategy and integration, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff (G-4).

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