The Aberdeen Proving Ground’s Army Test & Evaluation Command last week welcomed Maj. Gen. Peter D. Utley as its new leader. Here are the details:
APG’s Army Test & Evaluation Command welcomes new leader
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (July 16, 2013) – In an oppressive morning heat, Maj. Gen. Genaro J. Dellarocco relinquished command of the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command to Maj. Gen. Peter D. Utley at the ATEC Headquarters here July 16. Dellarocco commanded ATEC for nearly three years.
Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John F. Campbell presided over the ceremony. In line with tradition, Campbell passed the ATEC colors from Dellarocco to Utley. With his position as commanding general established, Utley passed the flag to Command Sgt. Maj. Carlton Handy, ATEC’s top enlisted Soldier, for safekeeping.
Campbell’s remarks reflected not only the accomplishments of the parting leader, but the “bench strength” of ATEC’s incoming commander.
“Words like integrity, leader, supporter and character show the passion, and the love, in the audience here,” he said. “We got it right with Gino. He took this on with vigor and discipline.”
Campbell also noted that Dellarocco took on the challenge of creating a leaner organization resulting in approximately $900 million in cost savings and avoidance for the command and nearly $98 million in cost savings and avoidance during Network Integration Evaluations. NIEs are a series of semi-annual, Soldier-led evaluations designed to further integrate and rapidly progress the Army’s tactical network.
Campbell then welcomed Utley as the new commander of ATEC. Utley comes to ATEC from the other side of the pendulum, he said. “He brings vast expertise from the training and doctrine side of the Army and will provide the Soldier’s perspective to the command to take Gino’s vision to the next level.”
Surrounded by colleagues, community leaders, friends and family, Dellarocco passed a unit flag for the last time. He will retire this month after 35 years of service. In an award ceremony before the change of command, he received the Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious service to the Army in a duty of great responsibility.
His wife, Corby, received the Secretary of the Army Public Service Award for her efforts as a federal employee and as supportive military spouse. She has served 37 years as a federal civilian employee and is currently a program analyst at the Space and Missile Defense Command in Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
Utley takes command following three years as the deputy chief of staff, operations and training, at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis, Va. He was joined by his wife, Lt. Col. Catherine Rusnak, who is stationed at the U.S. Army Capabilities Integration Center at Fort Eustis.
The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, headquartered here, plans, integrates, and conducts experiments, developmental testing, independent operational testing, and independent evaluations and assessments to provide essential information to acquisition decision makers and commanders.