By Donna Edwards, TACOM Public AffairsJuly 2, 2018
DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. -- The U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command announced on June 29 that Marion Whicker has been promoted to the Senior Executive Service and will permanently assume the role of executive director of TACOM's Integrated Logistics Support Center succeeding Brian Butler who was named the Deputy to the Commander for TACOM in April 2016.
Whicker, a U.S. Army executive with 34 years experience, most recently was the acting Executive Director for the ILSC. In this new permanent role, Whicker will report to the Commanding General Maj. Gen. Clark LeMasters, with accountability for overseeing the readiness of the majority of Army maintenance, fielding, new equipment training, supply chain management, and systems readiness.
"Marion proves once again that the U.S. Army and TACOM are fortunate to have a wealth of proven talent ready to step quickly and seamless into a key leadership position," said Brian Butler, U.S. Army TACOM's deputy to the commander. "Marion is a perfect fit for this critical role. Her demonstrated effectiveness at delivering equipment, training and parts on time to our Soldiers, her deep understanding of our mission, and her ability to lead and develop people add up to a powerful combination that will meet the needs of the Army exceptionally well."
Whicker's extensive career with the Army started in 1984 at the Detroit Arsenal, where she 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.
"It's an absolute honor to be promoted to the Senior Executive Service, and to be asked to lead the entire ILSC team, a role that Brian Butler and Janet Bean both mastered so well," Whicker said. "I'm looking forward to building on that legacy by continuing to provide exceptional service and support to our men and women in uniform."
Whicker, a native of Trenton, Mich., holds a master's of science degree from Central Michigan University, a bachelor's degree in business administration from Iowa Wesleyan College, and the Army's highest certification in Life Cycle Logistics. She has one daughter.
About U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command
TACOM, headquartered here, is the only active-duty U.S. Army installation in the tristate 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.
U.S. Army TACOM's ILSC sustains warfighting readiness and manages a large part of the Army's investment in warfighting 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.