Maj. Gen.-promotable Robert S. Ferrell, the former senior commander of Aberdeen Proving Ground, has accepted a promotion to the Pentagon after less than two years at the helm of the Harford County Army post.
Ferrell has served since February of 2012 as commander of at APG and of the Communications-Electronics Command at APG.
The Communications-Electronics Command, or CECOM, is the "senior mission command" at APG; it is a worldwide command of about 12,000 people, Bob DiMichele, public affairs officer for the command, said Thursday.
There are about 22,000 people working at APG, including military personnel, civilian defense workers and contractors.
Ferrell was confirmed by the Senate as a three-star lieutenant general effective Dec. 20, according to Army officials.
DiMichele said Ferrell relinquished command Dec. 23 and has moved to the Pentagon in Northern Virginia.
He will serve as chief information officer for the Army, responsible for "setting the strategic direction, objectives, and supervising all Army C4 [Command, Control, Communications and Computers] and IT [Information Technology] functions," according to the Army Chief Information Officer/G6 website.
The chief information officer reports to the Secretary of the Army.
Col. Charles Gibson, chief of staff for CECOM, will serve as acting commander until a new commanding general is named, DiMichele said.
No commanding general has been named yet for APG, however.
Craig even nominated Ferrell for the Military Leader of the Year award given by the Association of Defense Communities.
Ferrell accepted the award in June of 2013 on Capitol Hill.
"He was very knowledgeable; he was very hardworking," Craig said Thursday. "He was on a constant outreach to both the mayor of Aberdeen and myself to know about what our concerns were on this side of the fence. . . . We were in constant collaboration and cooperation."