Officers shifting at APG

March 15, 2007|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,sun reporter

The Army has announced a coming leadership change at a key weapons research center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, calling the shift a routine transfer of officers.

Maj. Gen. Roger A. Nadeau, who took command of the Army Research, Development and Engineering Command in October 2004, soon after it was created, will leave to head a weapons testing center in Alexandria, Va.

Maj. Gen. Fred D. Robinson Jr., commander of the 1st Armored Division, U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army in Germany, will replace Nadeau at the APG center, overseeing more than 17,000 military, civilian and contract jobs there and at 10 subordinate agencies throughout the country.

Robinson also takes over as commander at APG, which is on the brink of a major expansion stemming from the federal base realignment process, known as BRAC. Base closings elsewhere could bring as many as 60,000 people to Maryland, the bulk of them filling jobs - military and civilian - at APG and Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County.

Robinson was commissioned in 1976 from the University of Tennessee, said Larry McCaskill, spokesman for the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command at APG.

"He is responsible for a command whose mission is to get the right technology to war fighters quickly," McCaskill said.

During a career that spans more than three decades, Robinson has completed assignments with the 3rd Infantry Division in Europe and served as executive officer in combat during the Persian Gulf War in 1991.

Commanders are typically changed every few years while the staff remains in place, McCaskill said.

"This is just a natural progression," McCaskill said. "One leader moves on and another arrives, but the support staff does not change."

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