Senate confirms Talley as new Army Reserve chief
May 3, 2012
WASHINGTON (May 3, 2012) -- Army Reserve Maj. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley was confirmed by the Senate for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as the chief of the Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command.
As the Chief of the Army Reserve, Talley will be the principal staff adviser to the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army on all Army Reserve Affairs. He will develop Army Reserve budgets, training programs and policy decisions; manage the Army Reserve troop program units, individual mobilization augmentees, and the active guard/reserve program; and serve as the appropriation director of all Army Reserve funds. As the Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command, Talley will command all Army Reserve troops in the Continental U.S. and have administrative control over the Army Reserve troops overseas, with a total end strength of 205,000 Soldiers and over 12,000 civilians.
Talley was nominated by President Obama on March 20, 2012, and will replace Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz, who has held the position since May 25, 2006. Talley will be promoted to lieutenant general on June 9th just before Stultz relinquishes command at a ceremony at Fort Bragg, N.C., home of the Headquarters, US. Army Reserve Command. Talley will immediately be sworn-in as the 32nd Chief of Army Reserve following the change of command ceremony.
Most recently Talley served as the Commanding General, 84th Training Command (Unit Readiness), Fort Knox, Ky., relinquishing command on April 14. He has over 30 years service in the Army and Army Reserve in a variety of command and staff positions from platoon to division level, including time on the Joint Staff in Washington D.C., and served on the Secretary of Defense's Reserve Forces Policy Board from 2009-2012.
Talley received a Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and has an Executive M.B.A. from the University of Oxford in England. He also holds multiple masters degrees in environmental engineering and science, strategic studies, liberal arts (history and philosophy), and religious studies. Talley is a registered Professional Engineer, Board Certified Environmental Engineer in Environmental Sustainability, and a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer.
As a Citizen-Soldier, Talley is also the President and CEO of Environmental Technology Solutions, known as ETS Partners, and an Adjunct Professor at The Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering. Prior to the June 9 ceremonies, he will step down as CEO to concentrate on his new duties.
Prior to his appointment at ETS Partners and Johns Hopkins, Dr. Talley was on faculty at Southern Methodist University and the University of Notre Dame. He has over 30 years in various academic, design, consulting, and military positions involving hundreds of different environmental sites and business projects throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Talley has deployed several times, most recently from 2008-2009 in Baghdad, Iraq where he developed a sustainable engineering approach that promoted social entrepreneurship to create engineering and service businesses. His efforts, described as "Engineering the Peace" enabled the people of the Iraqi capital and its government to advance security and stability efforts.
Talley originally hails from St. Louis, Mo. and now resides in the Phoenix, Ariz., area with his wife, Linda. He replaces Stultz who has served as Chief of the Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command, for nearly six years, the longest tenure of any Army Reserve Chief. Stultz will retire from military service in July, having served 37 years in the Army.