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Brigadier General John J. McGuiness

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Picatinny Senior Commander Brig. Gen. John J. McGuiness
Brig. Gen. John J. McGuiness became Program Executive Officer Ammunition and Senior Commander Picatinny Arsenal on October 17, 2012, leading the mission to develop and procure conventional and leap-ahead munitions to increase Warfighter's combat power. Previously McGuiness served as Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command and Senior Commander Natick Soldier Systems Center, Natick, Mass., from May 2011 to September 2012.

The general previously served as the Deputy Commanding General for Regional Support, NATO Training Mission /Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan. In this assignment, McGuiness commanded six Regional Support Commands comprised of Soldiers from over 30 nations. His command supported the daily training of a total combined force of over 230,000 personnel during combat operations.

McGuiness was commissioned in the Infantry upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, in 1983. Initial assignments include Rifle Platoon Leader (PL), Improved TOW Vehicle PL, and Company Executive Officer in 1-12 Infantry, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo. He later served in the 1st Armored Division, Erlangen, Germany, commanding Alpha Company and then Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-6 Infantry.

Acquisition assignments include Infantry Systems Officer, U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center; Assistant Product Manager Mortar System; Product Manager M2/M3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle System and M113 Armored Personnel Carrier Systems. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, McGuiness served as the Deputy Director, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) (ASA(ALT)) operations South West Asia, which included deploying with the 4th Infantry Division in 2003. McGuiness was the Project Manager Soldier Equipment, earning the 2009 Secretary of the Army's Award as Project Manager of the Year.

His acquisition staff assignments were in the Office of the ASA(ALT), Pentagon, initially as the Department of the Army Systems Coordinator for Bradley Systems and then as a Systems Integration Officer. McGuiness was selected to serve as a Research Fellow at the Defense Acquisition University for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Later ASA(ALT) assignments include Executive Officer and Military Assistant for the ASA(ALT) and Assistant Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management.

He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms Service Staff School, Army Command and General Staff College, and Army War College. He holds master's degrees in Operations Research, Air Force Institute of Technology and Strategic Studies, Army War College. He is a graduate of the Program of Management Development, Harvard Business School.

His decorations and badges include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab and Army Staff Identification Badge.

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