The Army chief of staff has announced that Maj. Gen. Lynn Collyar will be assigned as commander of the Aviation and Missile Command. He has served as the director of logistics operations for the Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va., since August 2010.

Prior to assuming his current position, he served as the 35th chief of ordnance at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., and Fort Lee, Va.

A native of Huntsville, he was commissioned in the Ordnance Corps upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy in 1979. His military schools include Ordnance Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He also holds a master's degree in national resource strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

Collyar was initially assigned to the 619th Ordnance Company, 72nd Ordnance Battalion, 59th Ordnance Brigade at Kriegsfeld, Germany. His positions included platoon leader, shop and tech supply officer, operations officer and executive officer. In 1983, Collyar was assigned as intelligence and operations officer with the 68th Transportation Battalion, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), followed by command of the 50th Ordnance Company (Special Ammo), Fort Carson, Colo.

In October 1986, he returned to Europe to serve as division ammunition officer, Division Support Command support operations officer and assistant division materiel management officer with the 8th Infantry Division (Mechanized) in Bad Kreuznach, Germany.
Following Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., he was assigned to the Office of Resource Management for the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics at the Pentagon.

In June 1993, he joined the 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where he served as the 725th Main Support Battalion executive officer, Division G4 plans/operations Officer, and then deputy chief of staff for logistics. He served as the deputy logistics officer, Joint Task Force 180, during the Division's deployment to Operation Restore Democracy in Haiti.

Collyar was reassigned to Fort Bragg, N.C., in July 1996. He served as executive officer/deputy commander of the 82nd Airborne Division Support Command. He then took command of the 189th Corps Support Battalion, 1st Corps Support Command, 18th Airborne Corps. During his tenure the battalion deployed to Central America where he served as Joint Logistics Task Force commander in support of Operation Strong Support.

In July 1999, he returned to the Resource Management Office, Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, at the Pentagon. He spent the following year at the National Defense University attending the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Collyar returned to the Pentagon in June 2001 as chief, Initiatives Group, Army G8.

Collyar took command of the 29th Support Group, 21st Theater Support Command in May 2002. While in command, elements of the unit deployed to various locations throughout U.S. European Command and U.S. Central Command areas of operation in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In June 2004, Collyar returned to the Pentagon as the chief, Focused Logistics Division, Force Development, Headquarters Department of the Army G8. In August 2006 he assumed command of the Defense Distribution Center, a primary-level field activity of the Defense Logistics Agency, based in New Cumberland, Pa..

His personal awards include the Distinguished Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, and the Army Parachutist Badge.