REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – Dr. Juanita M. Christensen is bidding farewell to the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center.
Christensen has been selected as the new deputy chief of staff for logistics, facilities and environmental, G-4, at the Army Materiel Command, effective Jan. 17, marking an end to her tenure as the DEVCOM Aviation & Missile Center executive director.
“I have had a wonderful experience and time here,” Christensen said. “It’s a challenge where I’m going; it will broaden me. I’m looking forward to it.”
Since November 2017, Christensen has led the Army’s research and development focal point for advanced technology in aviation and missile systems. Her tenure was a time of great change for the organization; not only did it change names – the center is formerly known as the Aviation & Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center – but it also transitioned from the Army Materiel Command to the Army Futures Command.
“Under her leadership, the AvMC team made immeasurable contributions to Army Modernization in support of Future Vertical Lift, Air & Missile Defense and Long Range Precision Fires; just to name a few,” said DEVCOM Commander Maj. Gen. John George in a letter to the workforce.
The center also realigned from five directorates to three, instituted a brand new Other Transaction Authority Agreement for the Aviation & Missile Technology Consortium, conducted new engagements with academic partners, and went to maximum telework due to COVID-19.
“What has remained the same is that this organization still provides an excellence in engineering,” Christensen said. “We have morphed to deal with the changes that faced this organization, and we did those changes professionally, technically and successfully. At the heart of who we are, we are still the provider for aviation and missile life cycle engineering, and research and development. And that is what we should be proud of and remain proud of.”
Jeffrey Langhout, director of the DEVCOM Ground Vehicle Systems Center, will succeed Christensen.
“AvMC is in good hands,” Christensen said. “Mr. Langhout knows this center. He has a love and a passion for this organization.”
The DEVCOM Aviation & Missile Center, headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the Army’s research and development focal point for advanced technology in aviation and missile systems. It is part of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM), a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command. AvMC is responsible for delivering collaborative and innovative aviation and missile capabilities for responsive and cost-effective research, development and life cycle engineering solutions, as required by the Army’s strategic priorities and support to its Cross-Functional Teams.