REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In front of family and friends, Brig. Gen. Ted Harrison, Army Contracting Command commanding general, was promoted to the rank of major general during a July 3 ceremony here.

"I cannot think of a more qualified leader to be promoted to major general today," said Gen. Dennis L. Via, Army Materiel Command commanding general, who officiated the ceremony.

The newly promoted major general thanked his wife Wendy, and family members, along with his mentors, fellow Soldiers and the ACC workforce.

"As I stated in the oath just taken, I accept this position freely, but I want to add I accept it with a great deal of humility, gratitude, and confidence," said Harrison.

"I am truly humbled and honored to have been selected to continue to serve the Army as a major general and to continue to lead the U.S. Army Contracting Command. I am grateful because I do know how I got here, and it is because of many in this room and many others who could not be here today. It is because you were able to see beyond my quirks and see the diamond in the rough."

Harrison was commissioned a second lieutenant in Air Defense Artillery as a distinguished military graduate at Virginia Tech in 1980. He has served at various levels of command and staff positions throughout his career. He assumed command of ACC Oct. 2, 2103.

His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (one oak leaf cluster), Bronze Star Medal (one oak leaf cluster), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (one oak leaf cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (three oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Services Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He has also earned Army Aviator Wings, the Ranger Tab, and the Parachutist Badge.