FORT EUSTIS, Va. — In a ceremony at Murphy Field on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, commanding general, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, presided over a promotion ceremony for Lt. Gen. Eric Wesley, April 12.
Upon promotion to the rank of lieutenant general, Wesley also assumed the responsibilities of director, United States Army Capabilities Integration Center.
ARCIC commonly referred to as the “think tank for the Army,” is charged with developing, evaluating and integrating concepts requirements and solutions through rigorous experiments and exercises.
Under Wesley, a 1986 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, ARCIC will pursue Army and joint activities to facilitate an increased rate of adaptation and innovation.
“Promotions are about potential to serve at higher levels of responsibility, and General Wesley’s career record proves he is ready to lead ARCIC and Army modernization,” Townsend said. “He is exactly the right Soldier to take over ARCIC. Wesley will guide the development of the newly announced Army Futures Command.”
Although headquartered at TRADOC, ARCIC operates at three other locations across the continental United States, including the Joint Modernization Command at Fort Bliss, Texas, the Army Force Design Division at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and the Silicon Valley Cyber Team at Silicon Valley, Calif.
“We need a qualified warfighter, who can see into the future Army and communicate that vision,” Townsend said. “Wesley is that guy. Together, he and the professionals of ARCIC will drive change, to ensure that Army forces are prepared to prevent conflict, shape the security environment, and win wars.”
Combining the abilities of the U.S. Joint Modernization Command, with ARCIC’s four directorates, including Capabilities Development, Concept Development and Learning, ARCIC Plans and Operations and International Army Programs, enables ARCIC to play a part in designing, the development and integration of Army forces into Joint Force operations.
“This is an incredible honor to join and lead this group of dedicated professionals who have given their life’s work to benefit the future Army,” Wesley said.
Prior to assuming the responsibilities of director, Wesley commanded the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga., he served on the Army Staff as G8, Deputy Program Analysis and Evaluation, and he deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Pictured above: U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Eric J. Wesley, prepares to accept the general officer flag after his promotion and assumption of responsibility as director of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Army Capabilities Integration Center at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 12, 2018. ARCIC is the Core Function Lead for developing concepts, while continuing to learn and integrate capabilities to improve and ensure the effectiveness of the future force. (U.S. Army photo by Christopher Thompson)