Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno pins rank insignia on newly-promoted Lt. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell. / Staff Sgt. Steve Cortez / Army
Robert S. Ferrell, the Army's new chief information officer/G-6 and the first African-American to hold the position, was promoted to lieutenant general by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno.
Ferrell is responsible for leading Army network modernization.
"The CIO/G-6 is even more important today as the Army stands up a cyberforce and establishes the Cyber Center of Excellence at Ft. Gordon," said Odierno in a ceremony at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C., on Jan. 24.
Ferrell directly advises the Secretary of the Army on strategic direction and objectives for and supervises Army command, control, communications, computers and information technology functions. He also serves as the Army Chief of Staff's top advisor regarding network, communications and signal operations, and related security, force structure and equipping issues. Ferrell oversees a $10 billion annual budget.
"To ensure that the Army can provide an expeditionary and decisive land power, we will continue to enhance Army cyber capabilities, modernize our combat training centers and installations, transition network services and applications to a cloud environment, and strengthen information assurance and cyber security,” Ferrell said.
Ferrell most recently served as Commander, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Previous assignments include Army units in Korea and Europe, and deployments to Bosnia and Iraq. All told, his Army career spans 35 years.