The Fort Belvoir-based Army organization responsible for uniforms, parachutes, boots, camouflage and a wide variety of personal equipment held a change-of-charter ceremony May 15.
At Product Manager Clothing and Individual Equipment, Lt. Col. Eugene Wallace handed over the reins to Lt. Col. John Bryan.
Program Executive Officer Soldier Brig. Gen. Paul Ostrowski presided over the ceremony. He commended Wallace for overseeing the completion of several important projects. One mentioned project is the T-11 parachute. It descends more slowly and carries more weight than its predecessor carried. This lead to significantly fewer parachute landing injuries.
Wallace, from Sumter, S.C., thanked his team. He attributed PM SCIE’s successes to its hard work. He also thanked his wife, Yolanda, for her support. She attended the ceremony along with one of their daughters.
Ostrowski introduced Bryan. He noted Bryan began his career as an enlisted infantryman in 1992. Bryan then attended Airborne school and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. He worked his way up to a platoon sergeant before attending Officer Candidate School in 1998. He graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate and was commissioned a second lieutenant. Among other jobs, Bryan served in the 101st Airborne Division, participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and served as a tactical officer at the U.S. Military Academy. He earned qualification in Airborne, Ranger, Pathfinder, Air Assault and other Army courses. Bryan’s wife Sherri and two of his three children attended.
Bryan already has experience with PM SCIE. He served as the Assistant Product Manager for Cold Weather Clothing and Equipment as well as all Personnel Airdrop Systems.
Bryan holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a minor in economics from Saint Martin’s College in Olympia, Wash. He has a Master of Arts in organizational psychology and leadership from Columbia University.