Robert Ferrell, who has led the Army‘s Communications-Electronics Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground for nearly two years, has been named as the Army’s new chief information officer, the Baltimore Sun reported Thursday.
David Anderson writes the 36-year Army veteran was also promoted from the rank of major general to lieutenant general.
Ferrell will oversee information technology activities and direct C4 operations (command, control, communications and computers) across the branch in his new position, according to the report.
He served as commander of CECOM since February 2012 and led a 22,000-people team comprised of military personnel, civilian defense staff and contractor employees, Anderson writes.
Previously, Ferrell served as director of C4 systems and chief information officer for the U.S. Africa Command based in Stuttgart, Germany.
He was enlisted in the service in July 1977 and became an Army Signal Corps officer in August 1983.