BG Willard Burleson III assumed responsibility as director of Mission Command Center of Excellence during a ceremony held at the Frontier Conference Center on 28 Aug 2014. BG Burleson replaced MG Thomas James who is now assigned with U.S. Army Forces Command at Ft. Bragg. Chief of Staff of the Army General Raymond Odierno personally selected BG Burleson because of the importance of the position.
General James, as well as his predecessors, all got the ball moving down the field and have done wonderful things for the Army, but it's an important time for us to kind of actually make many of these great initiatives come before us -- specifically leader development, doctrine, the Army Profession. ... It's tremendously important that we continue to publish as well as help educate and do things for our Army right now in a time of worldwide significant uncertainty and transition.BG Burleson