PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. -- Brig. Gen. Jonathan A. Maddux, Picatinny senior commander since February 2009, is scheduled to leave Picatinny in October for his next assignment in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense has announced.

Maddux is scheduled to become the Deputy Commanding General, Support, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan.

He will be replaced by Brig. Gen. John J. McGuiness, who is currently Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command.

He also serves as Senior Commander of the Natick Soldiers System Center, Natick, Mass.


McGuiness also will succeed Maddux as Program Executive Officer for Ammunition.
This will be McGuiness's second Picatinny tour.

From 1993 to 1996, he was assigned to the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center here as an Infantry Systems Officer and Assistant Product Manager for Mortars.

During Maddux's tenure, the installation successfully grew by 300 employees for the U.S. Navy research, development and acquisition mission as a result of the 2005 BRAC, and also provided troops with a number of ground-breaking munitions and products, including the world's first GPS-guided 120 mm mortar and the Army's new, improved general purpose small arms projectile, the 5.56mm M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round.

"While I'm looking forward to my next assignment supporting the training and development of the Afghan security forces, I'm thankful of the time spent as Picatinny," Maddux said.

"It's been a privilege to work alongside the installation's military and civilians who are truly dedicated to providing our troops with the safest, most reliable technology possible.

"I'm also grateful for the constant support our local community gives to Picatinny, and our service members.

"As a Soldier, I cannot tell you how much your support means to our military members who voluntarily serve our nation."

McGuiness's previous assignments included tours as the Product Manager, Bradley Fire Support Vehicle, Program Executive Office, Ground Combat Systems, Warren, Michigan, and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq.

He also served as Project Manager, Soldier Equipment with Program Executive Office Soldier, Fort Belvoir, Va., and Assistant Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), Washington, D.C.

Picatinny Arsenal is the Department of Defense's Joint Center of Excellence for Guns and Ammunition.

The arsenal provides products and services to all branches of the U.S. military.

The center has more than 5,000 employees who specialize in research, development, acquisition and life cycle management of advanced conventional weapon systems and advanced ammunition.

More than 90 percent of the Army's armaments and ammunition--including warheads, explosives, all sizes of firearms, battlefield sensors and howitzers--are developed at Picatinny. The arsenal is noted for its quality processes.