Jennifer Walleman | Staff Writer
Michael Lundy was promoted to lieutenant general and assumed command of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth in ceremonies June 1 at the Frontier Conference Center.
Gen. Robert Brown relinquished command of CAC in late April before taking command of U.S. Army Pacific at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.
Lundy returns to Fort Leavenworth after leaving his position as deputy commanding general of CAC - Training in 2014 to take command of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker, Ala.
Lundy will also serve as the deputy commanding general for U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.
Gen. David Perkins, commanding general of TRADOC, officiated the promotion and hosted the assumption-of-command ceremony.
Perkins said during the promotion ceremony that it was a pleasure returning to the post he commanded prior to his current position and to be once again promoting Lundy, whom he also promoted to one-star general. The Army does not have a lot of general officers, Perkins said, and does not take the decision to choose them lightly.
Perkins referenced Napoleon, who was asked how he made generals. Napoleon said he made them from mud.
“In other words,” Perkins said, “I’m not interested in people who sort of buy their position. I want people who have earned the rank of general. I want people who have been out there in the mud. I want people that know what it is we are going to ask our soldiers to do and they can give them the appropriate leadership.”
Addressing Lundy, Perkins said, “With all due respect, you are about as muddy of a general as we can get.”
Perkins said Lundy has served in many difficult Army positions.
“They are very hard, very demanding, very complex problems and to have success in them you have to have really the characteristics that we want in our senior leaders,” Perkins said. “You have to know your craft. You have to know what you are doing. You cannot bluff your way through these types of things. The second thing is you have to be is a good team player because none of these tough jobs are you going to be able to do with an Army of one. You have to be able to build teams and then you have to be a leader of teams. Mike does all of those and even more.”
Lundy’s wife, Paula, and daughter, Sydnie, assisted with his rank insignia change.
During his promotion speech, Lundy thanked his family, Perkins, and those in attendance and said he was very honored and humbled for the consideration.
At the assumption ceremony, Perkins said because of the important mission of Fort Leavenworth, it needed a well-developed leader.
Page 2 of 2 - “Mike is the guy who has the intellectual capacity to lead the largest university system in our nation, is a great example of what a well-developed leader looks like, embodies mission command, can inspire young students who come here, and on and on,” Perkins said. “We did not take this decision lightly but it actually wasn’t a hard decision.”
Lundy said he enjoyed being back at the intellectual center of the Army around familiar people. He said as the deputy commanding general of CAC-T and commanding general of the Army Aviation Center, he has had a front-row seat of what CAC means to the Army.
“As you look at what the (Army chief of staff) priorities are with getting after readiness, building our future Army and taking care of our soldiers and people, CAC is involved in every bit of that and in many ways, leads much of that, so I’m very honored and humbled to be back here and I really look forward to working with this entire great team of Department of the Army, civilians, officers, NCOs and soldiers that we have and as we continue to push forward and bring this Army into the future,” Lundy said.
In 1987, Lundy was commissioned as an aviation officer after graduation from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. His military education includes the Aviation Officers Basic Course, Basic Rotary Wing Training and OH-58 Transition, the Armor Officer Advanced Course and the Cavalry Leaders Course. He attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in 1998 and the U.S. Army War College in 2006, where he earned a master of science degree in strategic studies.
Lundy deployed to Southwest Asia for Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and to Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He also served as an attack and cavalry troop commander and battalion/squadron S-3 observer-controller at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., and as the operations group senior aviation observer-controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La. Before assuming duties as deputy commanding general of CAC-T in July 2012, Lundy was the deputy commanding general (support) for the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas.