‘Homecoming’ change-of-charter ceremony welcomes new PEO Soldier

Brig. Gen. Brian P. Cummings, Program Executive Officer Soldier, receives his charter from the Honorable Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, during a Change-of-Charter ceremony Oct. 17 on Fort. Belvoir.

Brig. Gen. Brian P. Cummings, Program Executive Officer Soldier, receives his charter from the Honorable Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, during a Change-of-Charter ceremony Oct. 17 on Fort. Belvoir.

FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Brig. Gen. Brian P. Cummings assumed responsibilities as Program Executive Officer Soldier from Brig. Gen. (P) Paul A. Ostrowski during a change-of-charter ceremony Oct. 17.

Hosting the event was the Honorable Heidi Shyu, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology [ASA(ALT)].

General Cummings’ “vast knowledge of acquisition, coupled with his valuable experience, will enable Brian to continue PEO Soldier’s tradition of strong and effective leadership,” Ms. Shyu said. “This is especially important in today’s world.”

In her comments, Ms. Shyu said General Cummings inherits an organization that achieved several milestones in recent years. They include:

  • Fielding over 10-and a-half million pieces of critical combat uniforms and equipment to our Soldiers, such as Soldier Plate Carrier Systems, Pelvic Protection Systems, Flame Resistant Uniforms and Extended Cold Weather System
  • Gaining approval of a new combat uniform camouflage pattern
  • Accelerating acquisition of an improved Thermal Weapon Sight
  • Awarding the first M4M4A1 carbine contract for competitive bid since 1996, and
  • Fielding of 6,500 Nett Warrior systems to provide dismounted leaders with unprecedented situational awareness, decreased reaction times and reduced risk of fratricide during combat operations

“These efforts contributed to Soldier readiness and saving lives,” Ms. Shyu said.

General Cummings said he was “very humbled by taking this position” and pledged to continue the positive leadership his predecessor established at PEO Soldier. A personable individual, General Cummings pledged to everyone that he will know the names and recognize everyone who works for him at PEO Soldier during his tenure.

In his final remarks to the assembled PEO Soldier staff, General Ostrowski offered General Cummings one bit of advice: “Trust in your folks.” General Ostrowski leaves PEO Soldier to become the Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management at ASA(ALT).

Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier provides Soldiers with capabilities to ensure they remain decisive and dominant throughout the full spectrum of military operations. The Army conducts offensive, defensive, stability and civil support operations with Soldiers equipped and trained to use the very best equipment and capabilities that PEO Soldier can provide.

PEO Soldier is vital in giving Soldiers the decisive edge in carrying out their mission, according to Ms. Shyu, adding the strength of the Army is the Soldier.

Ms. Shyu noted this is a homecoming assignment for General Cummings. He previously served as an assistant product manager for Land Warrior and as Product Manager Ground Soldier System at PEO Soldier on previous assignments.

General Cummings comes to PEO Soldier from his previous position as Deputy Program Executive Officer at Combat Support & Combat Service Support at Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Mich.

General Cummings graduated from Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Va.) in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant (Infantry) through the Reserve Officers Training Corps. The general has also earned a Master of Science degree in Science and Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas, and a Master of Science degree from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2010.

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