Maj. Gen. John Charlton, formerly vice director for joint force development at the Joint Staff, has been appointed commanding general of the U.S. Army‘s Test and Evaluation Command.
Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley announced Charlton’s appointment in a Defense Department release published Friday.
Charlton will lead the command that conduct experiments, developmental tests, independent operational analysis, evaluations and assessments to collect data for military commanders and decision makers.
He served as the platoon leader and company executive officer in the 7th Infantry Division and 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment before he was assigned to the 9th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis in Washington, where he participated in S3 operations and became company commander and ranger plans officer of G3, I Corps.
He also previously worked an observer/controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk in Louisiana, aide-de-camp to the commanding general and the operations officer at Fifth U.S. Army at Fort Sam in Texas and U.N. Mission in Haiti.
Charlton’s overseas assignments include roles as brigade executive Officer for 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division in Germany; head of 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry in Kuwait; and deputy commander of Regional Command-East, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Afghanistan
He led the Brigade Modernization Command at Fort Bliss before he was appointed vice director of J7.
His personal decorations include a Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster and Joint Service Commendation Medal.