• MC CoE has new director

  • Mingus relinquishes responsibility of MC CoE to Crissman.

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    Maj. Gen. James Mingus, outgoing director of Mission Command Center of Excellence, relinquished responsibility to Maj. Gen. Douglas Crissman in a ceremony June 29 at the Frontier Conference Center.
    “This ceremony signifies the passing of the mantle of leadership and the responsibility for the soldiers and Department of the Army civilians assigned to Mission Command Center of Excellence,” said Vince Carlisle, Army University military analyst who served as the master of ceremonies. “Today’s ceremony is a unique event that affects not only lineage and honors of the organization, but loyalty and unity of its soldiers and civilians.”
    Mingus, who had to leave as the ceremony started because of a family emergency, assumed responsibility of MC CoE in 2016. His next assignment will be as commander of the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C.
    “What a phenomenal job he’s done and in a very difficult mission,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Lundy, commanding general of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth. “General Mingus has been an absolute phenomenal leader here and has always led by example.”
    Lundy said the MC CoE team had a part in Mingus’ leadership.
    “I want to thank all of you here today that serve in that great organization and benefitted from the tremendous leadership of Jim Mingus,” he said. “But, regardless of the leadership that you have, I have the utmost trust in you. I’ve seen you operate and I know you can get it done and you’ll continue to do that in support of General Crissman.”
    Crissman commissioned in the Infantry following his graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1988. He has served in five of the Army’s 10 active divisions in the United States and Germany, as well as tours on both the joint and Army staffs in the Pentagon and combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
    In May 2016, he became the second U.S. general officer to serve as deputy commander of 3rd (United Kingdom) Division in Bulford, U.K.
    His other assignments include deputy commanding general (support), 3rd Infantry Division; deputy commander of Joint Task Force-3 with the 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters in Afghanistan; and assistant chief of staff, G-3 of the 3rd Infantry Division.
    Crissman has a master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Virginia. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Joint and Combined Warfighting School in Norfolk, Va.
    “There’s nobody more qualified to be able to come here and take this mission on,” Lundy said. “When you look at Doug’s record, his service, all the assignments he’s had and you look at the portfolio of the Mission Command Center of Excellence — whether it’s our professional body of knowledge, our doctrine; whether it’s our leader development programs or the Army profession; whether it’s how we think about division corps and theater armies; how we do concept work — Doug Crissman has that experience and he’s ready to take on that mission.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Crissman said he’d wanted to take responsibility of MC CoE for a long time.
    “I asked for this job two years ago and the planets didn’t align,” he said. “They sent me to the U.K. for a couple years with the British Army, which was a great experience, but I thought I lost the window to ask for this job again.
    “I thought it had passed, but I said I’d try and this time the planets aligned and General Lundy gave me the nod,” Crissman said. “So, to the Mission Command Center of Excellence, (my wife) and I are excited to be here, we asked to be here and we are all in. We look forward to working with you.”
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