PENTAGON (November 3, 2011) -- Today, MG (P) Raymond V. Mason takes the helm as the new Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, G-4 (Logistics). There was no official ceremony to mark this transition, just a passing of the 'Army Property Book', so to speak.

"I'm honored to be part of this team again," said Mason, "and both Patti and I are happy to be back in the DC area."

Mason is not entirely new to the G-4 or the Pentagon. He served two tours with the G-4 during his Army career -- one as the G-4's Speechwriter and a second as the Special Assistant to the G-4 for Logistics Transformation. In addition, for the past three months he has been serving as the Assistant Deputy, G-4, for Operations. Mason also spent time in the Pentagon as the Deputy Director for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, J4.

Before moving to his new assignment at the Pentagon, Mason served as the G-4 for U.S. Forces Command, responsible for the readiness of more than 80 percent of the Army's operational forces.

A Distinguished Military Graduate from James Madison University, Mason was instrumental in establishing the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at JMU in 1976 and was later commissioned as a second lieutenant from that same program in 1978. This began his over 30-year career with tours in places such as Germany, Fort Bragg, Australia, Korea, and Hawaii.

Mason takes after his father, who also had a long career in the Army serving in both World War II and Vietnam. Mason and his wife, Patti, have two children, Nick and Sarah, who live in Denver and Arlington, Va., respectively.

MG (P) Mason will be promoted to Lieutenant General on Friday, November 4.

The seven directorates and the Logistics Innovation Agency, a field operating agency, cover the full breadth and depth of military logistics efforts. The Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, G-4, enables a ready Army by providing and overseeing integrated logistics policies, programs and plans in support of the Army.