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LTG (P) James Raine, Commanding General, Army Futures Command

James E. Rainey

Commanding General, Army Futures Command

Gen. James E. Rainey is responsible for leading a team of Soldiers and civilians to streamline the Army's modernization enterprise, enhancing efficiency and effectiveness in delivering the technology necessary to maintain the Army's competitive advantage and win wars.

Rainey commissioned as an infantry officer in the Army upon graduating from Eastern Kentucky University in 1987. He has served in a variety of command and leadership positions, from platoon leader to division commander. His most recent roles include Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, at Headquarters Department of the Army and Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Rainey holds master’s degrees in Advanced Military Arts and Science and Public Administration from the School of Advanced Military Studies and Troy University, respectively. He has been married to his wife Tracy, for more than 34 years; together they have two daughters, two sons-in-law, a grandson and a Labrador Retriever named Sherman.

Brian A. Hester

Command Sergeant Major, Army Futures Command

Command Sgt. Maj. Brian A. Hester acts as the principal advisor to the Commanding General and staff on matters of health, welfare, morale, professional development and the effective utilization of personnel assigned to the command.

Hester enlisted in the Army as an infantryman in 1990, completing his first assignment with the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea. He went on to serve in roles based in North Carolina, Louisiana, Maryland, Hawaii, South Carolina and Iraq, fulfilling numerous leadership responsibilities and completing three tours in Iraq, two tours in Afghanistan and one tour in Kosovo. Hester holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Excelsior College and has completed multiple military education courses, including Ranger School and the Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy.

Ross Coffman

Deputy Commanding General, Army Futures Command

Lt. Gen. Ross Coffman assists the Commanding General with assessing and integrating the future operational environment, emerging threats and technologies and with developing and delivering concepts, requirements and future force designs to posture the Army for the future.

Coffman joined the Army in 1989 as an Armor officer and has supported and led Army efforts in Bosnia, Germany, Haiti, Iraq and the U.S. He most recently served as the Deputy Commanding General for Maneuver in the 1st Infantry Division with duty in Eastern Europe and the Director of the Next Generation Combat Vehicles Cross-Functional Team. His civilian education includes a bachelor’s degree from Centre College, an MBA from Embry Riddle University, and a Graduate Fellowship at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Susan J. Goodyear

Executive Deputy to the Commanding General, Army Futures Command

Susan J. “Sue” Goodyear serves as the Commanding General’s civilian advisor and is responsible for managing business operations, including long-term investments, of the command.

Goodyear began her civil service career at age 19, serving as a supply clerk for the U.S. Marine Corps before transitioning to roles supporting the Army. She went on to spend 15 years with Army Forces Command, developing expertise in budgeting while also earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree, and most recently led resource management efforts at Army Materiel Command, where she worked for nine years. In her current role at Army Futures Command, Goodyear oversees $10 billion in financial resources and programs for 27,000 personnel.

Thomas H. Todd, III

Deputy Commanding General for Acquisition and Systems and Chief Innovation Officer, Army Futures Command

Lt. Gen. Thomas H. Todd III leads acquisition and systems management activities at the command, ensuring forward-leaning collaboration with tech industry leaders and access to cutting-edge technology solutions.

Todd is a graduate of Alabama’s Marion Military Institute and The Citadel, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and holds master’s degrees in contract management and strategic studies from the Florida Institute of Technology and the U.S. Air War College, respectively. He commissioned into the Army in 1989 and went on to serve in multiple leadership roles. Todd is an honor graduate of the Army’s Initial Entry Rotary Wing training and a graduate of the Kiowa and Black Hawk Maintenance Test Pilot courses.

D. Scott McKean

Deputy Commanding General, Army Futures Command; Director, Futures and Concepts Center

Lt. Gen. D. Scott McKean leads the development of future concepts, requirements and experimentation to support persistent Army modernization.

McKean is from San Jose, California, and commissioned into the Army as an armor officer upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1990. During his Army career, he has led at every level from platoon through division command, including in Iraq and Korea. Some of McKean’s previous roles include Chief of Staff at United States Central Command and Chief of Armor at Fort Benning.

John M. Epperly

Deputy Commanding General, Army Futures Command

Maj. Gen. John M. Epperly is responsible for synchronizing Army National Guard priorities, policy guidance and resources within Army Futures Command and aligning Active Guard and Reserve efforts to support Army modernization.

Epperly is from Radford, Virginia, and commissioned as an armor officer in the Army upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1989; he additionally holds an MBA in finance from Drexel University. John has served in the United States, Korea, Kuwait and Iraq, completing two combat tours in the Arabian Gulf Region, and was most recently the Commanding General of the 29th Infantry Division at Fort Belvoir. As a Citizen-Soldier, Epperly also has more than two decades of leadership experience in commercial information technology.

BG Letcher - Chief of Staff, Army Futures Command

Michelle M. T. Letcher

Chief of Staff, Army Futures Command

Brig. Gen. Michelle M. T. Letcher is responsible for facilitating timely and effective decision-making, problem-solving, information integration and communications across the command.

Letcher is a native of Oak Forest, Illinois, and commissioned into the Air Defense Artillery branch via the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1995, later becoming an ordnance officer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Illinois State University and master’s degrees in human services and counseling, advanced military studies and national security and strategic studies from the State University of New York at Oswego, the Command and General Staff College and Kansas State University, respectively. Letcher has served in a variety of leadership and combat roles, including in Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea and Germany.

Command Chief Warrant Officer 5, Edwin De La Cruz Jr.

Edwin De La Cruz Jr.

Command Chief Warrant Officer 5, Army Futures Command

Command Chief Warrant Officer 5 Edwin De La Cruz Jr. is the principal advisor to the Commanding General and staff on the operationalization of emerging warfighting technologies and oversees the training, education and professional expertise of warrant officers throughout the command.

Originally from Puerto Rico, De La Cruz enlisted in the Army in 1997 as a Cannon Crewmember. He was later appointed a Field Artillery Warrant Officer and went on to serve in a variety of leadership and targeting positions, ranging from the battalion to Joint level. Some of De La Cruz’s previous roles include senior technical advisor for the Long Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team and senior targeting officer at III Armored Corps. His overseas service includes seven combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. De La Cruz is a graduate of the Warrant Officer Senior Service Education Course and holds a bachelor’s degree in multi-disciplinary studies and an MBA in project management, both from Grantham University.