• CAC welcomes new civilian deputy

  • Michael Formica assumed responsibility as the deputy to the Combined Arms Center commanding general in a ceremony June 26 at the Frontier Conference Center.

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    Michael Formica assumed responsibility as the deputy to the Combined Arms Center commanding general in a ceremony June 26 at the Frontier Conference Center.
    Formica replaced Kirby Brown who retired in December 2018.
    Formica is a retired U.S. Army combat arms officer who served 27 years in command and key staff positions in the United States, Germany, Korea and the Middle East, including commanding the 2nd Brigade Combat team, 1st Cavalry Division.
    Following active-duty service, Formica served as deputy director of the Joint Training Counter-IED Operations Integration Center in Newport News, Va., before being selected to the Senior Executive Service as an Army civilian in July 2010.
    From July 2010 to January 2015, he served as the assistant deputy chief of staff G-3/5/7 and deputy G3 for training for Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis, Va. Formica served as director of U.S. Army Installation Management Command, Europe, from January 2015 to May 2019.
    Formica received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pa. He has a master’s degree in national security affairs from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, Mo. Formica is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, the Joint and Combined Warfighting School in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Army War College Advanced Strategic Arts Program.
    “I searched high and low and I looked at all the candidates that were out there, and I knew who CAC needed and that was Mike Formica, but the timing was not good because he had a mission in Europe that he had to finish,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Lundy, commanding general of CAC and Fort Leavenworth. “We had to take a gap and that was a big decision. Do you take somebody early or do you take the right person a little bit later? The right thing for CAC and this team was to take the right person later.
    “I knew (Formica) was a phenomenal leader, a true Army professional who is fully committed to this profession and had the right character and competence to be an effective leader,” he said. “There is nobody I trust more. You will absolutely take CAC to the next level.”
    Formica said he was excited to be back at Fort Leavenworth.
    “My excitement is enhanced given the critical period of time our nation is in and the essential role that the Combined Arms Center has in building and improving our Army to meet the demands of today and the future,” Formica said. “In addition, as the father of two combat officers, this work is personal. Returning to TRADOC after four years of service in Europe, I am amazed at the effort, progress and change that has occurred here within CAC and across the centers of excellence. I am ready to roll up my sleeves to be part of this critical effort and important team.
    Page 2 of 2 - “To the state and community leaders, I look forward to serving with you as we work together on our mutual goals and objectives,” he said. “To members of the CAC team here and across our Army, you have my pledge as one of you, an Army professional, to demonstrate impeccable character, consistently strive to improve my competence and be committed to our mission and efforts as we support the warfighter.”
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