SMDC/ARSTRAT Command and staff
The command and staff group of  SMDC/ARSTRAT proudly serves the Soldier, the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense.

Command Group

Deputy Chiefs of Staff

  • LTC Gregory Ash, G1 Personnel 
  • COL James Wetzel, G2 Intelligence
  • COL Lorenzo Mack, Sr., G3 Operations & Plans
  • LTC Charlester White, G4 Logistics 
  • COL Jeffrey Ogden, Engineer
  • COL Bennie J. Pokemire CIO/G6 
  • COL Lester "J.C." Campbell, G8 Resource Management
  • Cathy Dickens, Principal Asst./ CAMO

Special Staff  & Personal Staff

Special Staff

  • COL Kevin Michaels, Command Surgeon
  • Candace Holcomb, Business Initiatives Office
  • Sharon Watkins Lang, Historians
  • Scott Larkin, Chief of Congressional Affairs
  • Pamela Mitchell, Chief of Protocol
  • Christina Ryan, Director for Office of Small Business Programs
  • Ben Santos, Team Lead, Strategic Initiatives Group
  • Sheree A. Thompson, Chief, Internal Review & Audit Compliance

Personal Staff

  • Marco Morales, Director of Public Affairs
  • COL Sarah S. Green , Chief Counsel & Staff Judge Advocate
  • Dr. John Fairlamb, Political-Military Affairs Advisor 
  • Randy Joyner, Safety Office
  • Melvin Kelley, Director, Equal Employment Opportunity Office 
  • COL Fred Manzo, Inspector General (800-231-5553)
  • SFC James Epps, Equal Opportunity Advisor
  • COL John "Jack" Shedd, Chaplain

Mission, Vision & Goal

USASMDC/ARSTRAT conducts space and missile defense operations and provides planning, integration, control and coordination of Army forces and capabilities in support of U.S. Strategic Command missions (strategic deterrence, integrated missile defense, and space operations); serves as the Army force modernization proponent for space, high altitude and global missile defense; serves as the Army operational integrator for global missile defense; and conducts mission-related research and development in support of Army Title 10 responsibilities.

USASMDC/ARSTRAT – a diverse, complex, and global command that provides critical capabilities to our Army, USSTRATCOM, COCOMs/ASCCs; in synch with JFCC-IMD  Read More...

Command Goal
To provide dominant space and missile defense capabilities for the Army and to plan for and integrate those capabilities in support of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and Geographic Combatant Commanders (GCC) missions.


Events & Conferences

August 13-16
15th Space and Missile Defense Conference

July 30-August 2
Army Space Cadre Symposium

July 30-August 2
National Fire Control Symposium

October 22-24
AUSA Annual Meeting and Expo