ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – Brigadier General Edmond “Miles” Brown assumed the position of commanding general of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, or DEVCOM, during a ceremony here July 9.
Brown came to DEVCOM after serving as the deputy director/chief of staff, Futures and Concepts Center. Both FCC and DEVCOM are major subordinate commands of Army Futures Command. The commands are part of a collaborative partnership that includes technical, conceptual, operational and threat communities focused on ensuring the Army retains overmatch against adversaries.
General John M. Murray, Army Futures Command commanding general, hosted the ceremony, which featured both in-person and virtual audiences. The ceremony was held in front of DEVCOM headquarters at APG.
“This ceremony is an assumption of command, and it is focused on celebrating the arrival of a new leadership team. In any organization leadership matters. But the heart and soul of DEVCOM are the Army scientists, engineers and Soldiers who make all of that possible, the people that are DEVCOM,” Murray said.
“In the uniform I am wearing today, to the weapons, radios, and combat platforms that I have relied on for almost 40 years, and more importantly to the ones my grandchildren will use…to machine learning, artificial intelligence, autonomy and advanced robotics… you, the unsung heroes of DEVCOM put the future in Army Futures Command on a daily basis,” Murray said.
Brown, a native of Belton-Honea Path, South Carolina, was commissioned as a second lieutenant through ROTC from The Citadel. He served in various assignments stateside, as well as duties in Korea, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and eight tours in South Asia during Operations Desert Fox, Intrinsic Action, Desert Spring, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, Spartan Shield, Eager Lion and Resolute Support.
“To the men and women of DEVCOM across the globe, to some degree, I already know you and your value to the Army. During my last 20 months in Army Futures Command, I’ve been inspired by your commitment to (the DEVCOM FCC collaboration) Ignite. You are world class, your expertise is simply unparalleled. Remember combat is the first word in our name. We must forge the future as we desire it to be and ensure our Soldiers and our Army have the capability they need to defend our nation,” Brown said.
DEVCOM is the Army’s largest technology developer, and it comprises eight reporting units and three regionally aligned international elements. DEVCOM’s team of scientists, engineers, technicians and analysts leverage Soldier-centered design and experimentation to rapidly deliver next-generation capabilities to make Soldiers safer and more lethal in battle. The command will conduct more than 200 Soldier touch points this year, using the Soldier feedback to refine technologies and accelerate promising ideas into capabilities.