Redstone Report: Colonel climbs the ranks to Brigadier General

Colonel Marion became Brigadier General Marion at a ceremony.
Colonel Marion became Brigadier General Marion at a ceremony.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - In a room full of family, friends and colleagues, Bob Marion was promoted from Colonel to Brigadier General. If you asked him, though, all the hype was a little much.

BG Marion said, "My preference was, can we just go to a conference room and I'll be done and let's get to work."

Marion has served in various command and staff positions in the Aviation Branch in his 26 years in the Army. At his promotion ceremony, he credited his success to those in the audience.

He said, "It really isn't about me, it's about all of you. All of my friends, all my partners in industry, all my partners across this post, and the Pentagon and the headquarters. It's about all of us pulling in the right direction to get things done."

Not only was BG Marion promoted, but he also got a new job. Major General William "Tim" Crosby officially retired and handed over the charter to the Program Executive Office for Aviation to BG Marion. That means BG Marion is now the Army's top aviation acquisitions officer and responsible for purchasing and maintaining the life-cycle of all the Army's weapon systems and equipment. That means he's in charge of an annual average budget of more than $7.5 billion, the largest procurement budget in the Army.

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