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Redstone Rocket (Jan. 20, 2005): Brig. Gen. Mike Cannon leads combined organization.

Two of Team Redstone's program executive offices were merged to form a new office during a recent ceremony in Bob Jones Auditorium at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Both the PEO for Air, Space and Missile Defense (ASMD) and the PEO for Tactical Missiles were deactivated and a new office, the PEO for Missiles and Space, was activated. Army Brig. Gen. Mike Cannon was designated as the program executive officer. He formerly served as PEO for Tactical Missiles. Lt. Gen. Joseph Yakovac, military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, officiated at the ceremony.

Yakovac pointed out it was the right thing to do. "I know this is hard, but the leadership determined that we're better off to accomplish the future mission," he said, adding that the PEO for Tactical Missiles came from two PEOs--the PEOs for Fire Support and Combat Missiles.

Army Maj. Gen. John Urias, who served as the PEO for air, space and missile defense since 1999, has been named commander of the Joint Contracting Command-Iraq and head of the Contracting Authority. Urias praised the efforts of the workers in PEO ASMD, saying he relished even the bad days, because of "all the people who stepped up to the plate. I had superb project managers who rose above bureaucracy and inefficiency and pushed the old Cold War envelope, getting weapons to soldiers faster," he said.

Both PEOs had been in existence at Redstone in one form or another since 1992. The PEO for ASMD began as the PEO for Global Protection Against Limited Strikes. It was renamed the PEO for Missile Defense in 1993, and the name was changed to PEO for Air and Missile Defense in 1996. The latest change came in 2003 with the addition of the Army's space programs and the name was changed to PEO for Air, Space and Missile Defense.

The PEO for Tactical Missiles was formed from the PEOs for Fire Support and Close Combat Missiles and is composed of four project offices: Aviation Rockets and Missiles, Close Combat Weapon Systems, Precision Fires Rocket and Missile Systems and Joint Common Missile; and the Non-Line of Sight Launch System Task Force.

Cannon, the new PEO for missiles and space, informed his workers they now have a chance to prove the assertions that have been made recently that the PEOs are life cycle managers.

"We will soon be handed the keys to a new kingdom," to prove the life cycle mission," he said.
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Title Annotation:AT & L Workforce--Key Leadership Changes
Author:Rogers, Pam
Publication:Defense AT & L
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2005
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