U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Lyons, formerly director for logistics at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, officially assumed his new role as commander of U.S. Transportation Command at a ceremony that took place Friday at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.
He replaces U.S. Air Force Gen. Darren McDew, who retired after a 36-year military career, and is the first Army officer to lead the command that is made-up of 144K transportation and logistics professionals, Transcom said Friday.
Lyons previously served as the Transcom’s deputy commander, commanding general of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command at Fort Shafter in Hawaii and director of logistics, operations, readiness, force integration and strategy at the Army.
His joint assignments have included service as a logistical planner of U.S. Central Command Logistical Planner and as the International Security Assistance Force C/J4.
He also supported Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom when he was deployed to U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility for 40 months.