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Aberdeen Proving Ground CECOM commanding general promoted

Aberdeen Proving Ground CECOM commanding general promoted
Maj. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, center, Senior Mission Commander at Aberdeen Proving Ground and Commanding General, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, is pinned by Gen. Dennis Via, left, Command General U.S. Army Material Command, and his wife, Dianne Crawford, during his promotion ceremony at the C4ISR campus at APG on July 21. (Photo by Sean Kief, Aberdeen Proving Ground Garrison, Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Brig. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, commanding general of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command and Aberdeen Proving Ground's senior mission commander, was promoted to major general during a ceremony Monday.

The ceremony was held in APG's Myer Auditorium before more than 500 senior leaders, service members, CECOM civilians, family members and friends and was led by Gen. Dennis L. Via, commanding general of Army Materiel Command.

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"This is a great day for the Crawford family and the presence of so many of our senior leaders is a tribute to their ongoing contribution to our Army," Via said during his opening remarks.

Via mentioned that of the approximately 82,000 Army officers, only 116 are major generals. Crawford was one of 31 brigadier generals who was selected for promotion, Via said.

"Brig. Gen. Crawford has a long history of exemplary service and I can't think of a more qualified leader to be promoted to major general," Via said.

Crawford recognized his mother, Sarah; wife, Dianne; and his niece, Kamirin, by presenting them bouquets of flowers. He also thanked his other immediate family and friends, including his two sons, 1st Lt. Bruce Crawford Jr. and Corey.

Crawford talked about the impact his family has had on his life and also highlighted many others who have helped through his 28 years of service.

"I've been truly blessed for the guidance, care and concern that all of you have taught me over the years," Crawford said. "I thank all those who saw more in me than I saw in myself."

Crawford, a native of Columbia, S.C., was commissioned May 28, 1986, after graduating with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from S.C. State University. He also holds a master of science in national resource strategy from Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Crawford said he is a product of an environment of nurturing family members and encouraging mentors, including his then-ROTC instructor from SCSU.

"My ROTC instructor told me something that I'll never forget; he said that it's all about 'genuine care and concern.' That is something I've always remembered and try to do that every day in this job," Crawford said.

Crawford also said the promotion ceremony was less about him and all about an "opportunity to publicly thank those who are most responsible for me standing here today."

"If you take nothing else from this ceremony remember that I take seriously the enormous responsibility that has been bestowed on me, I take seriously what we stand for as a nation, and my family and I will continue to try and make a difference while standing on point for you."

Crawford has served in a variety of leadership positions at tactical, operational and strategic levels. He assumed command of CECOM on May 20 after his most recent post of J6, Director of C4/Cyber and Chief Information Officer, U. S. European Command. Prior to that, he served as the Commanding General, 5th Theater Signal Command, and G6, U.S. Army Europe in Wiesbaden, Germany.

CECOM is a major tenant at APG and Crawford has 13,000 men and women under his command, according to the Army.

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