REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Maj. Gen. James E. Rogers assumed command of the Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Command in a Change of Command ceremony on Sept. 10 in the Sparkman Center's Bob Jones Auditorium, Redstone Arsenal.

The event was a combined Change of Command Ceremony and Retirement Ceremony. Retiring from AMCOM leadership was previous AMCOM commander Maj. Gen. Jim Myles.

Rogers is "the right person at the right time ... a great team leader, great collaborator and proven enterpriser. He understands the operational environment so much, which is critical" to commanding AMCOM, said Myles, who is retiring after 36 years of service and has made plans to reside in Huntsville with his wife, Alice.

Rogers comes to AMCOM from command of the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater), Fort Bragg, NC. In that capacity he led over 10,000 Soldiers providing logistical support across the U.S. Central Command area of operations.

He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1979 where he earned a bachelor's degree and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps. Rogers also holds a master's degree in Industrial and Operational Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Prior to commanding the 1st TSC, Rogers commanded the Joint Munitions Command at Rock Island, Ill for three years. His previous assignments include: Chief of Logistics, Operations Division (J-4) at the U.S. Central Command; Commander, 101st Division Support Command, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Chief of Ordnance Branch of the Officer Personnel Management Division, U.S. Army Total Personnel Command in Alexandria, Va. and Commander of the 82nd Forward Support Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

He has also served as a Research and Development Coordinator for the Future Combat Systems at the Program Executive Office for Armored Systems Modernization at Warren, Mich.; and as the Logistics Assistance Officer for the 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of Korea.

Rogers' operational assignments include Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom from 2008 to present.

Rogers' military education includes the Ordnance Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College.

Rogers' awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, the Senior Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. He is also a member of both the Aviation Order of St Michael and the Ordnance Order of Samuel Sharpe.

A native of Brighton, Mich., Rogers is married to the former Reba Cypher. They are the parents of four children: Jeff, 20; Tom, 16; and twins Matt and Jessi, 13.