PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Picatinny Commander Brig. Gen. William N. Phillips is being reassigned to support Operation Iraqi Freedom, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. announced Jan. 8.

Phillips has been tapped to serve as commander of the Joint Contracting Command for Multi-National Forces-Iraq.

Phillips told the Picatinny workforce he expects to report to his new position by Jan. 30.

In his new capacity, he will be responsible for planning, executing and managing mission-critical contracting efforts supporting U.S. and coalition forces, security operations, humanitarian relief and the reconstruction efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Phillips has served as commanding general of Picatinny Arsenal, commander of the Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command and the program executive officer for Ammunition since June 1, 2007.

Previously, he served as the deputy program executive officer for Aviation at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., from September 2004 to May 2007, and as the director of Unit Set Fielding for the Army G8 at the Pentagon from July 2001 to August 2004.

Phillips holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Science degree in Procurement and Materials Management from Webster University. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, Defense Systems Management College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Brig. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, commanding general of the Army Joint Munitions Command, Rock Island, Ill., will temporarily assume Phillips' responsibilities as an additional assignment until a new JM&L LCMC commander is announced to replace Phillips.

James C. Sutton, currently serving as the deputy program executive officer for Ammunition, will serve as the PEO for Ammunition until a replacement is named. A ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 23 at Picatinny Arsenal.