Army Reserve Maj. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley was confirmed by the Senate for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as the chief of the Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command.
As the chief of the Army Reserve, Talley will be the principal staff adviser to the Army chief of staff, on all Army Reserve affairs.
He will develop Army Reserve budgets, training programs and policy decisions; manage the reserve troop program units, individual mobilization augmentees, and the active guard/reserve program.
He will also serve as the appropriation director of all Army Reserve funds.
As the commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve Command, Talley will command all Army Reserve troops in the Continental U.S., and have administrative control over the Army Reserve troops overseas, with a total end strength of 205,000 soldiers and over 12,000 civilians.
Talley was nominated by President Obama on March 20, and will replace Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz, who has held the position since May 25, 2006.
Talley will be promoted to lieutenant general on June 9 just before Stultz relinquishes command at a ceremony at Fort Bragg, N.C., home of the Headquarters, U.S. Army Reserve Command.
Talley will then he will be sworn-in as the 32nd chief following the change of command ceremony.
Most recently Talley served as the commanding general, 84th Training Command (Unit Readiness), Fort Knox, Ky.
He has over 30 years of service in the Army and Army Reserve in a variety of command and staff positions from platoon to division level, including time on the Joint Staff in Washington.
He also served on the Secretary of Defense's Reserve Forces Policy Board from 2009 to 2012.
Talley received a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and has an Executive M.B.A. from the University of Oxford in England.
He also holds masters’ degrees in environmental engineering and science, strategic studies, liberal arts (history and philosophy), and religious studies.
Talley is a registered professional engineer, board certified environmental engineer in environmental sustainability, and a diplomat, water resources engineer.
As a citizen-soldier, Talley is the president and CEO of Environmental Technology Solutions, known as ETS Partners, and an adjunct professor at The Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering.
Prior June 9, he will step down as CEO to concentrate on his new duties. His efforts, described as "Engineering the Peace" enabled the people of the Iraqi capital and its government to advance security and stability efforts.
Talley has deployed several times, most recently from 2008 to2009 to Baghdad, Iraq, where he developed a sustainable engineering approach that promoted social entrepreneurship to create engineering and service businesses.
Talley, from St. Louis, Mo. now resides in the Phoenix, Ariz., area with his wife, Linda.