WASHINGTON -- Lt. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, the Army's newest chief information officer and G-6, was promoted from major general August 17, during a ceremony at Fort McNair. He was sworn into his position earlier this month, on Aug. 1.

As the Army's chief information officer, Crawford leads one of the service's most critical and cutting-edge organizations. As part of his portfolio, he manages the Army's $10 billion information technology budget to support the Army's warfighting capabilities, information security, force structure and communications equipment.

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. James C. McConville presided over the promotion ceremony. Crawford's family was in attendance, including his wife, Dianne, and his two sons, one of whom serves in the U.S. Army and another who is a computer science student at West Virginia University.

"Today is an important day. To put things into perspective, of the 6,372 lieutenants commissioned in 1986, 43 have been selected for brigadier general, with four now going on to become three-stars," said McConville, who described Crawford as an "incredibly dedicated and visionary Army leader."

Crawford recognized his wife, sons, and mentors for having a positive impact on his life and Army career. He also gave credit for his success to the lessons he learned from his grandparents, his mother, his U.S. Marine Corps veteran father, and a former high school teacher. Those people, Crawford said, instilled in him the importance of self-worth, education, self-discipline, and valuing other people.

"It takes a lot of people not just knowing you, but who are willing to help you," said Crawford. "I'm a product of this great nation."

A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Crawford received his Army commission through South Carolina State University's Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program after graduating in 1986 as a distinguished military graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.

He and his wife met while they were both attending SCSU. He also holds master's degrees in both administration from Central Michigan University and in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Crawford is a graduate of the U.S. Army's Signal Corps Basic and Advanced courses, Airborne School, Advanced Airborne School, Ranger School, and the Command and General Staff College.

Crawford's Army career spans 31 years across a number of key command and staff leadership positions.

Previous assignments include commanding general of the Communications-Electronics Command and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; director of J-6 and Cyber/C4 within United States European Command; and the commanding general of the 5th Signal Command and deputy chief of staff, G-6, for United States Army Europe. He has also served in numerous command and staff positions in Washington, D.C., Hawaii, and North Carolina, including multiple combat deployments to Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.