New deputy to the commander reports for duty
August 20, 2012
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command's new deputy to the commander was welcomed to the command in a ceremony at the Von Braun III auditorium Aug. 17.
Ronald E. Chronister began his first week as a representative of the command at the 15th annual Space and Missile Defense Conference, which took place Aug. 13-16 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.
"I am truly honored and humbled to be part of such a dynamic command," Chronister said. "The space and missile defense capabilities this command provides for our nation today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, along with the creativity and ingenuity of the people of this command, make it exciting for me to come to work every day.
"I want to work on increasing the synergy across all elements of the command," Chronister said. "Our ability to continue to provide capabilities depends on how integrated we become as a command."
Chronister previously served as the deputy to the commanding general for the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command from February 2008 to August 2012. He also held positions at the Army Aviation and Missile Research Development Center.
"My previous experience at AMCOM and AMRDEC increased my ability to adapt to rapidly changing environments and integrating capabilities to better serve the organization and the Army, which has certainly prepared me for this position," Chronister said. "My experience in objectively assessing the state of an organization will also be helpful to me. It will be critical for us as a command to make this type of assessment to ensure we continue our effectiveness as we adapt to the changing environment.
"It all starts with the people," he said. "If you don't develop credibility with the workforce at all USASMDC/ARSTRAT locations, your ability to lead will be significantly diminished. I believe my experience in this critical area has also prepared me for this position."
Chronister has a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Alabama and a Master of Science in program management from the Naval Post Graduate School.
"I am excited beyond words to be part of USASMDC/ARSTRAT," Chronister said. "The warm welcome Susan (his wife) and I have received Lt. Gen. and Mrs. Formica and the entire SMDC team has been overwhelming and a true blessing to us both."