By Rae HigginsFebruary 10, 2017
Detroit Arsenal, WARREN, Mich. (Feb. 10, 2017) -- Officials with the Department of the Army Senior Executive Talent Management Program have appointed Marion G. Whicker as the acting executive director of the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command's Integrated Logistics Support Center, or ILSC, here. The post is effective Feb. 19.
U.S. Army TACOM's ILSC sustains war fighting readiness and manages a large part of the Army's investment in war fighting capacity; integrating nearly 3,000 weapon systems forming the core of Army readiness. The ILSC's approximately 3,500 active-duty Soldiers and Army civilians are charged with complete cycle support of aircraft armament, small arms, field artillery, mortars, tools and training systems, tactical vehicles, light and heavy combat vehicles, watercraft, Soldier/biological/chemical systems and deployment/support equipment.
"In this position, Ms. Whicker will oversee the readiness of the majority of Army maintenance, fielding, new equipment training, supply chain management, and systems readiness. She has the full confidence and support of the TACOM commanding general and myself, and we look forward to what will most certainly be her positive contributions to the Command," said Brian Butler, U.S. Army TACOM's deputy to the commanding general.
Prior to this appointment, Whicker served as the Command's deputy chief of staff since March 2015. A career Army civilian since 1984, she has held numerous supply chain, fleet planning, project management, asset management, fielding and training leadership and fiscal planning roles of increasing responsibility. She is regarded as one of the Army's premier logisticians.
A member of the Army Acquisition Corps, she holds the Army's highest certification in Life Cycle Logistics. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Iowa Wesleyan College and a master's of science in administration in Leadership from Central Michigan University.
TACOM, headquartered here, is the only active-duty U.S. Army installation in the tri-state area of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. A global enterprise, its 19,000 military and civilian acquisition, logistics and technology professionals research, develop, procure, field, maintain, upgrade, modernize and sustain approximately 65 percent of the equipment an Army Brigade Combat Team uses. It is home to approximately 7,500 Michigan-based military and civilian employees; and awarded about $7 billion in contracts in fiscal year 2016.