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September 2012: Committed to Excellence

New TACOM LCMC commander committed to warfighter

By Amanda Lee

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The value of innovation is never more apparent than on the battlefield where the American warfighter puts his or her life in peril to defend their country and way of life. Few operations play a more prominent role in providing for those soldiers than TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) in Warren.

The TACOM LCMC gained new leadership as Major General Michael J. Terry took over command in a formal ceremony on June 21 at the Detroit Arsenal.

Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry assumed command of TACOM LCMC operations in June.

“My top priority is always providing support to the soldier. It’s the reason this command exists,” he said. “The soldier is at the center of our TACOM LCMC mission and vision statements and we’re organizationally aligned to get soldiers what they need, when they need it and where they need it.”

“The TACOM motto is ‘committed to excellence,’” he continued. “We like to say ‘if a soldier eats it, wears it, drives it or shoots it … TACOM LCMC develops, supplies or sustains it.’ We have always and will continue to always lead the way to keep them safe.”

Terry succeeds outgoing commander Major General Kurt J. Stein, who served as TACOM’s commanding general from January 2010. Terry previously served at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, where he was the commanding general of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command.

“Mike has plenty of sand in his boots and knows what it takes to support our warfighters,” said U.S. Army Materiel Command  Commander General Dennis L. Via, who officiated the ceremony in June.  “He has the experience, vision and passion to position TACOM for exciting years ahead.”

Terry, a native of Pennsylvania, received his commission and a Bachelor of Science degree in law enforcement from the University of Scranton in 1979 and a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. He is married and has three children.

For his part, Terry says TACOM’s place in the defense industry has never been more important.

Terry said he is excited to be at the helm of TACOM and eager to build partnerships throughout Southeast Michigan.

“I am very excited about our involvement in the area, the partnerships we have formed, the career opportunities we provide and most of all, the heart of our people who always lead the way in support and volunteer efforts for events where and when needed,” he said. “We are and will continue

to be an integral part of the team and look forward to the continued success and working relationship with our community partners.”

While TACOM is focused on helping the Army take innovation to another level, Terry says TACOM’s current operation goals aren’t much different than they have been in years past.

“The background of the TACOM LCMC is steeped in the World War II industrial mobilization of the United States,” he explained. “Even before the start of World War II, Army and business visionaries came together and built the Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant, what would soon become synonymous with the Arsenal of Democracy.

“Seventy years later, the Detroit Arsenal, home of the TACOM LCMC, is still at the forefront of providing our modern day warfighters with the equipment they need to fight yet another global conflict,” he continued. “From the very beginning through today, the mission of the TACOM LCMC has remained constant. For 70 years, our command never lost sight of our primary focus – our soldiers.”

Amanda Lee is a Metro Detroit freelance writer.