ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (June 22, 2022) – Major General Anthony W. Potts assumed the charter from Major General Robert M. Collins, Program Executive Officer for Command, Control and Communications - Tactical (PEO C3T), during a ceremony today at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
The Honorable Douglas R. Bush, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology ASA(ALT) and Army Acquisition Executive, presided over the ceremony.
Maj. Gen. Potts comes to PEO C3T after serving as the Program Executive Officer Soldier (PEO Soldier) since January 2018, where he led the development, delivery and integration of body armor, helmets, sensors and weapons systems, leveraging a squad architecture enabling rapid delivery to the force to ensure a lethal overmatch against current and future threats. Maj. Gen. Potts is a rated AH-64 Apache Instructor Pilot with a combat tour in Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. As an acquisition officer he has made numerous deployments to the Balkans, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, fielding and sustaining critical battlefield systems. He also previously served as Deputy Director for Acquisition and System Management, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (OASA(ALT)); and Director of Resource Integration, OASA(ALT).
Under Maj. Gen. Collins’s leadership, PEO C3T was instrumental in executing changes to the design of the tactical network and delivering the Army’s future Capability Sets – a two-year delivery process used to insert new network and mission command technologies into the force. He also spearheaded the delivery of modernized network equipment to eight Brigade Combat Teams, six Expeditionary Signal Battalions-Enhanced, and two Multi-Domain Task Force units. More than 300 Army units will also receive modernized network enabling technology in FY22 such as upgraded mission command and fires applications and servers, mobile mission command upgrades, resilient satellite communications equipment and modernized cryptographic systems
"In this end-to-end tactical network approach, each capability set builds on the previous and is infused with commercial solutions informed by Soldier touch points, experiments, and developmental and operational tests—it’s a true team effort among the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), Army Futures Command, our S&T community, industry, and, most important, our operational forces," Bush said. "[Major General Collins] and his team know that well, and have used these relationships to field better, Soldier-proven capability as part of the capability set construct.”
Maj. Gen. Collins will assume his new role as Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management (DASM), OASA(ALT), on June 23. As the DASM, he will oversee and implement acquisition policy for aviation, missile, ground combat, intelligence/electronic warfare, and special operations force Acquisition programs while providing Army leadership and materiel developers with the necessary engineering/architectural counsel to manage and shape the Army's materiel capability portfolios to ensure rigor and discipline exists across the acquisition, logistics and technology community throughout the acquisition lifecycle.
"You are my heroes and I am truly grateful to have worked with you," Collins said, addressing the workforce." There are Soldiers, civilians and allied partners who have come home safely based on the capability that you have provided. We need each and every one of you doing exactly what you're doing."
As the new PEO C3T, Maj. Gen. Potts will guide a workforce of more than 1,600 personnel who acquire, field and support the communications networks, radios, satellite systems and other hardware and software Soldiers require for information dominance on the battlefield.
"I've watched you be magnificent," said Potts, thanking MG Collins for his leadership. "I want to take and elevate what you've done and support the team."