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 Back to Top
Colonel George Bomford Colonel
George Bomford
1832 - 1848 * Back to Top
Brevet Brig. Gen. George Talcott Brevet Brigadier General
George Talcott
1848 - 1851 Back to Top
Colonel Henry K. Craig Colonel
Henry K. Craig
1851 - 1861 Back to Top
Brevet Brigadier General James W. Ripley Brevet Brigadier General
James W. Ripley
1861 - 1863 Back to Top
Brigadier General George D. Ramsey Brigadier General
George D. Ramsey
1863 - 1864 Back to Top
Brevet Major General Alexander B. Dyer Brevet Major General
Alexander B. Dyer
1864 - 1874 Back to Top
Brigadier General Stephen Vincent Benet Brigadier General
Stephen Vincent Benet
1874 - 1891 Back to Top
Brigadier General Daniel W. Flagler Brigadier General
Daniel W. Flagler
1891 - 1899 Back to Top
Brigadier General Adelbert R. Buffington Brigadier General
Adelbert R. Buffington
1899 - 1901 Back to Top
Brigadier General William Crozier Brigadier General
William Crozier
1901 - 1917 Back to Top
Major General Clarence C. Williams Major General
Clarence C. Williams
1918 - 1930 Back to Top
Major General Samuel Hof Major General
Samuel Hof
1930 - 1934 Back to Top
Major General William H. Tschappat Major General
William H. Tschappat
1934 - 1938 Back to Top
Major General Charles M. Wesson Major General
Charles M. Wesson
1938 - 1942 Back to Top
Major General Levin H. Campbell Jr. Major General
Levin H. Campbell Jr.
1942 - 1946 Back to Top
Major General Everett S. Hughes Major General
Everett S. Hughes
1946 - 1949 Back to Top
Major General Elbert L. Ford Major General
Elbert L. Ford
1949 - 1953 Back to Top
Lieutenat General Emerson L. Cummings Lieutenant General
Emerson L. Cummings
1953 -1958 Back to Top
Lieutenant General John H. Hinrichs Lieutenant General
John H. Hinrichs
1958 - 1962 Back to Top
Major General Horace F. Bigelow Major General
Horace F. Bigelow
1962 - 1962 Back to Top
Major General William E. Potts Major General
William E. Potts
1985 - 1986 ** Back to Top
Major General Leon E. Salomon Major General
Leon E. Salomon
1986 - 1988 Back to Top
Major General James W. Ball Major General
James W. Ball
1988 - 1990 Back to Top
Brigadier General Johnnie E. Wilson Brigadier General
Johnnie E. Wilson
1990 - 1992 Back to Top
Major General John G. Coburn Major General
John G. Coburn
1992 - 1994 Back to Top
Major General James W. Monroe Major General
James W. Monroe
1994 - 1995 Back to Top
Major General Robert D. Shadley Major General
Robert D. Shadley
1995 - 1997 Back to Top
Brigadier General Thomas R. Dickinson Brigadier General
Thomas R. Dickinson
1997 - 1998 Back to Top
Major General Dennis K. Jackson Major General
Dennis K. Jackson
1998 - 2000 Back to Top
Major General Mitchell Stevenson Major General
Mitchell Stevenson
2000 - 2003 Back to Top
Brigadier General William M. Lenaers Brigadier General
William M. Lenaers
2003 - 2004 Back to Top
Major General Vincent E. Boles Major General
Vincent E. Boles
2004 - 2006 Back to Top
Brigadier General Rebecca S. Halstead Brigadier General
Rebecca S. Halstead
2006 - 2008 Back to Top
Brigadier General Lynn A. Collyar Brigadier General
Lynn A. Collyar
2008 - 2010 Back to Top
Brigadier General Clark W. LeMasters Jr. Brigadier General
Clark W. LeMasters Jr.
2010 - 2012 Back to Top
Brigadier General Edward M. Daly Brigadier General
Edward M. Daly
2012 - 2013 Back to Top
Brigadier General Jack Haley Brigadier General
Jack Haley
2013 - 2015 Back to Top
Brigadier General Kurt Ryan Brigadier General
Kurt Ryan
2015 - 2016 Back to Top
Brigadier General David Wilson Brigadier General
David Wilson
2016 - Present Back to Top

 

* 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.

 

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This page last updated: June 26, 2018