Michigan native set to take command of TACOM

By: Alex Szwarc | Warren Weekly | Published June 5, 2020

 Army Brig. Gen. Darren Werner, a Michigan native, will take command of the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, Life Cycle Management Command, or TACOM LCMC, in Warren June 12.

Army Brig. Gen. Darren Werner, a Michigan native, will take command of the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, Life Cycle Management Command, or TACOM LCMC, in Warren June 12.

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WARREN – Darren Werner is back in Michigan.

On June 12, a video teleconference change-of-command ceremony is set to take place at the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, Life Cycle Management Command, or TACOM LCMC, in Warren.

Werner, who holds the rank of brigadier general, will command the installation, replacing Maj. Gen. Daniel Mitchell, who will soon command U.S. Army Sustainment Command in Rock Island, Illinois.

In March, the Army chief of staff announced numerous officer assignments, including Werner’s.

The 52-year-old Werner grew up in Mayville, Michigan, in Tuscola County, about 70 miles northwest of Warren. The last time Werner lived in Michigan was 1989.   

For the past two years, Werner was the commanding general of the 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command in Fort Hood, Texas.

“I was very surprised that I was going to get the opportunity, not only to continue to serve in the Army, but to continue to serve in the Army in Michigan,” Werner told C & G Newspapers in late May.

Over the last five years, Werner’s assignments included serving as the director, strategy, plans and integration deputy chief of staff G-4 at the Pentagon in Virginia; executive officer for headquarters department of the Army G-4; and executive officer for the Army Materiel Command in Alabama.

Werner said he’s happy his family can live in Michigan.

This will be the first time that Werner’s family — his wife, Melissa, and their two teenage sons, Will and Sam — will live in his home state.

“We’re going to be close enough to my family that my boys will be able to interact with them,” Werner said.

What he’s looking forward to most about returning to Michigan is being in an environment surrounded by the great outdoors.

“If you don’t like the outdoors, then you’re probably not from Michigan,” he said. “Everything I grew up with, I’ll be able to share with my family.”

When asked to describe his leadership style, Werner said he likes to empower his teammates. Since he is a big baseball fan, Werner said there are a lot of parallels to the sport.

“I’m a firm believer that you don’t win anything alone,” he said. “I like to assure everyone knows what position they play and how they contribute to the team. You have to back each other up, and the best teams that win have teammates that work well together. At the end of the day, it’s about winning.”

A graduate of Central Michigan University, Werner served two tours in Iraq, the first being in 2003 with the 4th Infantry Division as a major. He was serving in the 1st Brigade as a support-operations officer, a part of the brigade that captured Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in the town of ad-Dawr, Iraq, on Dec. 13, 2003, during Operation Red Dawn.

Werner is the youngest of seven children.

One of his brothers, Jeff Werner, of Frankenmuth, said his family was overjoyed when they heard Darren and his family will be living in Michigan.

“We’ve been fortunate to travel to see them a lot,” Jeff said. “We’ve been able to go to Darren’s promotions, whether it be in Texas, Kentucky, Virginia or Illinois.”

He added that the family was always hopeful that Darren could come back to Michigan.

“We’re proud of him and excited to have him back in Michigan,” Jeff said.

Having been away from Michigan for so long, Darren said it’s always been exciting to visit his family, which happened every couple of years.

Since he’ll be closer to his hometown of Mayville than ever before in his military career, Darren hopes to visit quite often.

He said he’s extremely happy to come back to Michigan with his family and be part of the community.

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