Armor & Mobility

May/ June 2017

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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BG John R. Evans, Jr. received his Army commission in 1988 as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. After attendance at the Aviation Officer Basic Course, he was assigned as an Apache Platoon Leader in C/1-82nd Aviation Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, Ft Bragg, NC. BG Evans served as an Attack Platoon Leader in Desert Shield/Desert Storm from August 1990 to April 1991. Upon his return, he served as an Assistant S-3 in 1-82nd Aviation Battalion and Regimental Avia- tion Liaison Officer to the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. BG Evans commanded B Co, 3-229th Attack Helicopter Battalion at Ft Bragg, NC from May 1993 to May 1995. He assessed and was assigned to 1/160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) in 1995 and served as the Battalion Flight Ops Officer, A Co Assault Platoon Leader and A Co Ops Officer. After completion of the Command and General Staff College at Ft Leavenworth, KS, he returned to the 160th to assume command of A Co, 1/160th in June 2000. After command he became the 1/160th Ops Officer in 2002 and the 160th SOAR RS-3 in 2003. BG Evans assumed command of 2/160th SOAR in June 2006. Then in August 2008, he assumed command of the Regiment Operational Assessment Element followed by duties as the Regimental DCO in 2009. BG Evans has served multiple com- bat tours as a Special Operations Aviation Battalion Task Force Commander in support of OEF in Afghanistan and OIF in Iraq. BG Evans served as the DCO of the CFSOCC-A from July 2011 to July 2012 in Kabul Afghanistan. From July 2012 to June 2014, he commanded the 160th SOAR. He then served as a Chief of Staff of the Army Senior Fellow in 2014 at The Brookings Institution. BG Evans' most recent assignment was Deputy Commanding General-Support, 2nd Infantry Division/ROK-US Combined Divi- sion, Republic of Korea. BG Evans is a graduate of the Armor Advanced Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Naval War College. He holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education from Kansas State University, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. BG Evans awards and decorations include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star with V device and two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with V device, Air Medal, Combat Action Badge, Master Aviator Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. KEEPING SOF AIR FLYING HIGH BG John R. Evans, Jr. Commanding General U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command (ARSOAC) Armor & Mobility spoke recently with BG John Evans, Commanding General, U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command (ARSOAC) regarding current initiatives and optempo in addressing the aviation needs of Army and Joint Special Operations Forces. A&M: Could you please speak to your role as Commanding General, Army Special Operations Aviation Command? BG Evans: It is humbling to return to the Special Operations Aviation (SOA) enterprise as the Commander of the ARSOAC. Our headquarters is principally responsible for organizing, manning, training, equipping, and resourcing Army Special Operations Aviation units. In addition, the ARSOAC serves as the office of primary responsibility for all matters aviation within U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC). The ARSOAC team seeks to ensure each unit within the command has the resources, manpower and equipment to meet and exceed mission expectations. I empower the ARSOAC's operational arm, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, while synchronizing programming and force generation efforts that enable the world's premiere Special Operations Aviation capability. LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVE 6 | Armor & Mobility | May/June 2017

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