FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – An assumption of charter ceremony was held at Alvarado Hall here Friday, August 28, during which Colonel Eric E. Lyon became the Army Capability Manager for Foundation and Colonel Doug F. Gibson became the Army Capability Manager for Formations-Intelligence. Both colonels were command selection list officers, marking the first time the positions are filled with commanding officers.
According to Mr. Roy Fox, senior executive, Intelligence – Capability, Development and Integration Directorate, Futures and Concepts Center, U.S. Army Futures Command, as the ACM-Foundation Manager, Lyon is responsible for the foundational elements of the Military Intelligence profession. As such, he serves as an architect for the MI Corps, ensuring the profession has the tools it needs to be successful. He will analyze and develop requirements for systems, communicate with MI Soldiers in the field on their needs and experiences, then adjust systems for delivery to the force with the needed improvements.
“I see myself as a representative for the MI Corps. I take seriously my responsibility to the force to protect their equities. I think this is integral to force modernization as we ready ourselves for large scale combat operations,” said Lyon.
Gibson is now managing Formations-Intelligence where he will be focused on MI brigades in theater, expeditionary MI brigades, intelligence electronic warfare at division, and other intelligence formations as directed. He will represent users of MI, ensuring integration and synchronization for training and unit development for a high degree of readiness and developing MI professionals today for the force of the future.
“I see my new role as a great way to participate in modernizing the MI Corps and serving as a touchpoint for Intel Soldiers. I want to help them solve problems and ensure we’re providing the best equipped, best trained MI professionals who are ready to fight,” said Gibson. “The Army is facing new threats and I take this personally. It’s my way to give to the Soldiers in the field who are doing the tough work.”
“ACM-F is the user advocate and counterpart to materiel developers,” said Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commander, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. “Lyon will serve as a senior advisor and counsel for all assigned Army capabilities and supporting systems. He will report gaps, seams, duplications, and other relevant issues to modernization proponents.”
“ACM-F-I ensures appropriate coordination and integration is accomplished to meet Army organizational timelines,” added Funk. “Gibson will coordinate with capability developers, materiel developers, testers, evaluators, Army commands, and the Department of the Army on solutions for intelligence formation, fielding, deployment, and sustainment issues.”
The colonels will work closely with the third Army Capability Manager for Intelligence - Sensors, Colonel Francesca “Ox” Ziemba. Intel-Sensors solves today’s problems and creates tomorrow’s Army intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. ACM I-S does all capabilities development and user activities associated with Army Aerial and terrestrial layer ISR sensing systems.
“This is an important move for the Army,” said Brig. Gen. Anthony R. Hale, commander, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence. “Previous managers in these positions have done excellent work, but as we modernize Military Intelligence and usher in change, we must build MI leaders for the future. The seriousness of this mission requires command. It was a good move to fill these roles with CSL colonels. It emphasizes the importance of these roles and I am proud to welcome Eric and Doug to Fort Huachuca. I know they will ensure our MI professionals are the best and brightest, equipped for the fight of the future.”