Army Special Aviation Command to welcome a new commander
By Drew Brooks | The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. | Published: February 26, 2014
The Fort Bragg-based U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command will get a new commander, according to the Pentagon.
Brig. Gen. Erik C. Peterson will become commanding general of the one-star command, which oversees people, hardware and training for Army special operations aviation, whose helicopter pilots specialize in high-risk, low-level, nighttime missions.
Peterson will take the place of Brig. Gen. Clayton M. Hutmacher, who will become deputy commanding general of the 2nd Infantry Division, Eighth U.S. Army in Korea, according to a Department of Defense release.
Hutmacher has commanded U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command since 2012. Peterson is currently deputy commanding general for support of the 2nd Infantry Division.
Two other general officer assignments also had Fort Bragg ties.
Maj. Gen. Joseph A. Brendler will become director of plans and policy, J-5 at U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade, Md.
Brendler is currently special assistant to the deputy chief of information officer, G-6, in the Office of the Secretary of the Army in Washington D.C.
His past assignments include units within the 82nd Airborne Division and the 35th Signal Brigade.
Brig. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford will become commanding general of U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
Crawford is currently director, J-6, Cyber/C4 at U.S. European Command.
In the past, he's served as commander of the 82nd Signal Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division and served in the 35th Signal Brigade, 18th Airborne Corps.