Leadership changes planned for Army modernization cross-functional teams

By Courtney McBride / April 4, 2018 at 5:08 PM

The Army today announced a slew of new assignments for one- and two-star generals and one promotable colonel.

Among those changing billets are leaders of some of the eight cross-functional teams pursuing senior leaders' modernization priorities.

Brig. Gen. Christopher “C.D.” Donahue, who is dual-hatted as commandant of the infantry school at Ft. Benning, GA, and director of the Soldier Lethality CFT, will become deputy director for special operations and counterterrorism (J-3) on the Joint Staff.

He will be succeeded in both roles by Brig. Gen. David Hodne, who currently serves as deputy commanding general (maneuver) of the 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Carson, CO.

Brig. Gen. Stephen Maranian, commandant of the field artillery school at Ft. Sill, OK, and director of the Long Range Precision Fires CFT, is slated to become deputy commanding general of the 2nd Infantry Division (Combined), Eighth Army, in South Korea.

The Next Generation Combat Vehicle CFT will get a new director in Brig. Gen. Richard Coffman, now the deputy commanding general (maneuver) of the 1st Infantry Division at Ft. Riley, KS.

The NGCV CFT is currently led by Brig. Gen. Dave Lesperance, commandant of the Armor School at Ft. Benning.

Maj. Gen. Pete Gallagher, director of the Network CFT, told reporters last week he is no longer dual-hatted. His prior position, director of architecture, operations, networks and space in the office of the CIO/G-6, will be filled by Brig. Gen. David Isaacson.

Kevin Coggins, who had led the assured position, navigation and timing CFT, left his position Feb. 28 and retired from government service. He was succeeded by Willie Nelson.