Maj. Gen. Clark W. LeMasters Jr. relinquished command of the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command to Maj. Gen. Daniel G. Mitchell in a ceremony held July 12, 2018 at Detroit Arsenal. LeMasters is retiring from the Army after 36 years of service.
Gen. Gustave F. Perna, Army Materiel Command commanding general, officiated the ceremony. AMC is TACOM's higher headquarters.
Mitchell comes to TACOM from AMC headquarters at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., where he most recently served as Perna's deputy chief of staff for logistics and operations.
In his final speech as the TACOM commanding general, LeMasters encouraged the entire TACOM workforce to stay focused on their mission, "because," he said, "what you do is so important."
In his first speech as the TACOM commanding general and the Detroit Arsenal senior commander, Mitchell introduced his family and said, "we will give our all to serve our Army and the community, to work as a team with our partners, to improve readiness and improve Army culture."
TACOM's nearly 20,000 highly skilled and uniquely qualified professionals around the world are critical to supporting Army readiness. The personal commitment of TACOM's workforce ensures our men and women in uniform receive the support they need and deserve.
TACOM oversees the operations of six arsenals, depots and manufacturing centers across the United States that generate readiness and operational capability as a key part of the Army's Organic Industrial Base. The industrial artisans in the Army's OIB deliver when the force needs equipment manufactured, repaired, upgraded or modernized.
The Detroit Arsenal, home to TACOM headquarters, is the only active-duty U.S. Army installation in the tri-state (Michigan, Ohio and Indiana) area. Detroit Arsenal and its 7,500 Michigan-based personnel contribute billions of dollars in economic impact to the state's economy each year.