History of the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps

Chiefs of Ordnance

Listing of Chiefs in Chronological Order

(Click on Chief's name for bio.)
Colonel Decius Wadsworth Colonel Decius Wadsworth 1812 - 1821
Colonel George Bomford Colonel George Bomford 1832 - 1848 *
Brevet Brig. Gen. George Talcott Brevet Brigadier General George Talcott 1848 - 1851
Colonel Henry K. Craig Colonel Henry K. Craig 1851 - 1861
Brevet Brigadier General James W. Ripley Brevet Brigadier General James W. Ripley 1861 - 1863
Brigadier General George D. Ramsey Brigadier General George D. Ramsey 1863 - 1864
Brevet Major General Alexander B. Dyer Brevet Major General Alexander B. Dyer 1864 - 1874
Brigadier General Stephen Vincent Benet Brigadier General Stephen Vincent Benet 1874 - 1891
Brigadier General Daniel W. Flagler Brigadier General Daniel W. Flagler 1891 - 1899
Brigadier General Adelbert R. Buffington Brigadier General Adelbert R. Buffington 1899 - 1901
Brigadier General William Crozier Brigadier General William Crozier 1901 - 1917
Major General Clarence C. Williams Major General Clarence C. Williams 1918 - 1930
Major General Samuel Hof Major General Samuel Hof 1930 - 1934
Major General William H. Tschappat Major General William H. Tschappat 1934 - 1938
Major General Charles M. Wesson Major General Charles M. Wesson 1938 - 1942
Major General Levin H. Campbell Jr. Major General Levin H. Campbell Jr. 1942 - 1946
Major General Everett S. Hughes Major General Everett S. Hughes 1946 - 1949
Major General Elbert L. Ford Major General Elbert L. Ford 1949 - 1953
Lieutenat General Emerson L. Cummings Lieutenant General Emerson L. Cummings 1953 -1958
Lieutenant General John H. Hinrichs Lieutenant General John H. Hinrichs 1958 - 1962
Major General Horace F. Bigelow Major General Horace F. Bigelow 1962 - 1962
Major General William E. Potts Major General William E. Potts 1985 - 1986 **
Major General Leon E. Salomon Major General Leon E. Salomon 1986 - 1988
Major General James W. Ball Major General James W. Ball 1988 - 1990
Brigadier General Johnnie E. Wilson Brigadier General Johnnie E. Wilson 1990 - 1992
Major General John G. Coburn Major General John G. Coburn 1992 - 1994
Major General James W. Monroe Major General James W. Monroe 1994 - 1995
Major General Robert D. Shadley Major General Robert D. Shadley 1995 - 1997
Brigadier General Thomas R. Dickinson Brigadier General Thomas R. Dickinson 1997 - 1998
Major General Dennis K. Jackson Major General Dennis K. Jackson 1998 - 2000
Major General Mitchell Stevenson Major General Mitchell Stevenson 2000 - 2003
Brigadier General William M. Lenaers Brigadier General William M. Lenaers 2003 - 2004
Major General Vincent E. Boles Major General Vincent E. Boles 2004 - 2006
Brigadier General Rebecca S. Halstead Brigadier General Rebecca S. Halstead 2006 - 2008
Brigadier General Lynn A. Collyar Brigadier General Lynn A. Collyar 2008 - 2010
Brigadier General Clark W. LeMasters Jr. Brigadier General Clark W. LeMasters Jr. 2010 - 2012
Brigadier General Edward M. Daly Brigadier General Edward M. Daly 2012 - 2013
Brigadier General Jack Haley Brigadier General Jack Haley 2013 - 2015
Brigadier General Kurt Ryan Brigadier General Kurt Ryan 2015 - 2016
Brigadier General David Wilson Brigadier General David Wilson 2016 - 2018
Brigadier General Heidi J. Hoyle Brigadier General Heidi J. Hoyle 2018 - 2020
Brigadier General Michelle M.T. Letcher Brigadier General Michelle M.T. Letcher 2020 - 2021
Brigadier General Michelle M.T. Letcher Brigadier General Michael B. Lalor 2021 - Present
* From 1821 to 1832, the Ordnance Department merged with Artillery. By 1832, it was recognized that this was a failure and they were separated to their original status.
** The office of Chief of Ordnance was officially reestablished after a 23 year interim period.
Acting Chiefs of Ordnance
Major Charles Shaler

Maj. Charles Shaler served as acting Chief of Ordnance, 29 March to 5 April 1899, upon the death of Brig. Gen. Flagler until Brig. Gen. Adelbert Rinaldo Buffington could assume the position of Chief of Ordnance.

Colonel Rogers Birnie

Col. Rogers Birnie served as acting Chief of Ordnance while Brig. Gen. William Crozier served as President of the Army War College during the 1912-1913 academic year.

Brigadier General Charles B. Wheeler

Brig. Gen. Charles B. Wheeler served as acting Chief of Ordnance from 2 December 1917 to 19 April 1918.

Brigadier General William S. Pierce

Brig. Gen. William S. Pierce served as acting Chief of Ordnance from 19 April until 2 May 1918.

Brigadier General Colden L'Hommedieu Ruggles

Brig. Gen. Colden L'Hommedieu Ruggles served as acting Chief of Ordnance 1 April to 3 June 1930.

 

 

Last updated 18-Aug-2021

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