Major General
Wade H. McManus Jr.

Major General Wade H. McManus Jr.Wade H. McManus, Jr., was born on 15 September 1949 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, graduating from Clemson University in 1971. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve through ROTC, he then received a Regular Army commission in the Infantry and served from 1973 to 1976 as a platoon leader, company executive officer, and Assistant S-3 (Air) in the 1st Battalion, 7th Infantry in Germany.

McManus then branch transferred to the Ordnance Corps, served briefly as Chief, Weapons Training Branch, US Army Ordnance Center and School, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, then attended Ordnance Officers Advanced Course. He next served at Fort Stewart, Georgia, from 1977 to 1980, as Assistant Chief in the Maintenance Division, Directorate of Industrial Operations, then as Commander of the 632d Maintenance Company. He then traveled to Pennsylvania to serve from 1980 to 1985 as Aide-de-Camp, then Executive Officer to the Commanding General of the US Army Depot System Command (DESCOM), Chambersburg, and finally as Chief of DESCOM's Force Modernization Division.

A tour of duty in Korea followed, where McManus was Director for Materiel and Services, 20th Area Support Group, from 1985 to 1987. He then returned to the United States to take command of the 705th Main Support Battalion in the 5th Infantry Division at Fort Polk, Louisiana, then served as the Division G-4 (Logistics). From 1992 to 1994, he commanded the 43d Corps Support Group at Fort Carson, Colorado, deploying his group to Somalia in 1993 in support of Operation CONTINUE HOPE. While at Fort Carson, McManus assumed duties from 1994 to 1995 as Assistant Division Commander (Support), 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized).

From 1995 to 1996, he joined Army Materiel Command (AMC) in Alexandria, Virginia, as Director of the Commanding General's Staff Group. He then took command of AMC's newly formed US Army War Reserve Support Command at Rock Island, Illinois. McManus transformed a theater-controlled program for war reserves into a centralized Army-wide program and insured that this equipment reserve, redesignated Army Prepositioned Stocks (APS), was forward deployed, much of it afloat.

McManus then returned to Korea from 1998 to 2000, to serve simultaneously as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics (C-4), Combined Forces Command Korea; Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics (J-4), US Forces Korea; and Deputy Commanding General for Support, Eighth US Army. He then returned to Army Materiel Command as Commanding General, US Army Operations Support Command at Rock Island, from 2000 to 2003. McManus had broad responsibilities for the Army's ammunition program and Army Prepositioned Stocks (APS). In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as the United States prepared for war, he directed a massive outload of ammunition, ramped up ammunition production in the industrial base, and revised the ammunition readiness reporting system. He oversaw the buildup of contracted services through the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP), and finalized preparations for the downloading of APS for the invasion of Iraq.

In his final assignment, from 2003 to 2004, he assumed command of AMC's newly established US Army Field Support Command at Rock Island. MG Wade H. McManus, Jr., retired in 2004 after 33 years of distinguished service.