Senate Confirms New Head of Army Reserve

Maj. Gen. Charles Luckey, USA (Army Photo)
Maj. Gen. Charles Luckey, USA (Army Photo)

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Army Reserve Maj. Gen. Charles D. Luckey’s appointment to lieutenant general with the dual-hatted assignment as chief of the Army Reserve and commanding general of Army Reserve Command.

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced Luckey’s Senate confirmation in a June 30 DoD press release.

As the chief of Army Reserve and commanding general of Army Reserve Command, Luckey will lead a “global organization that focuses on mission readiness in order to serve the American people while supporting the requirements of the United States Army,” according to the release.

Luckey replaces Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, who recently retired after 34 years of military service.

Luckey was commissioned in the Army after graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Virginia in 1977. He began his military career as an Infantry Officer leading soldiers in both mechanized and Special Forces units until separating from active duty in 1982 to attend law school.

In 1985, Luckey returned to active duty and served with the 82d Airborne, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In 1991, he transferred to the Army Reserve and subsequently commanded units at the battalion, brigade, and group level, culminating with his assignment as the commanding general of the 78th Division (TS).

Luckey was recalled to Active Duty in 2008 and selected to serve as the Chief, Office of Security Cooperation in Baghdad, Iraq. He also served on the Joint Staff as assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff Lead for the Iraq transition.

Prior to this confirmation, he served as the Chief of Staff, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

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