SDDC deputy commander promoted to brigadier general
May 9, 2008
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - Col. Brian R. Layer, deputy commander of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in a joint ceremony at Fort Eustis, Va., this morning.
Layer has been the deputy commander for SDDC since August 6, 2007.
Layer was commissioned in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps in 1982. He holds a bachelor of science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Additionally, he holds three master's degrees, including an MBA in logistics management from Michigan State University.
Layer has served two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom: In 2003, he assumed command of the 3rd Infantry Division's Support Command at Camp Dogwood, Iraq. Upon redeployment, he transformed the command into the Army's first modular sustainment brigade, the 3rd Sustainment Brigade, and returned to Iraq in support of Multi-National Division Baghdad.
Lt. Gen. William E. Mortensen, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Materiel Command, headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va., officiated the ceremony. Mortensen also promoted Brig. Gen. James E. Chambers, commanding general, U.S. Army Transportation Center and School, to major general.
SDDC provides global surface deployment and distribution services to meet the nation's objectives. SDDC deploys and sustains more than 90 percent of the Department of Defense's equipment and supplies by leveraging the capability of commercial industry and other military services.