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AE Alumnus Nominated for Army Vice Chief of Staff

May 15, 2017

There is a myriad of ways to apply a degree from Georgia Tech; Lieutenant General James McConville put his Master’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering to good use in the United States Army.

In his most recent accomplishment, LtGen McConville was recently nominated to the post of Army Vice Chief of Staff. This nomination was received by the Senate and referred to the Armed Services Committee. If it is confirmed, he will rise to the rank of four-star general.

The Vice Chief of Staff position comes with responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the army and a designation as the senior Army aviator. McConville is the current Deputy Chief of Staff for personnel at the U.S. Army, where he has made numerous changes to Army personnel management, and previously served as commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

LtGen McConville began his career in the military as an infantry officer after graduating from the United States Military Academy (West Point). He attended Georgia Tech for graduate school and was a 2002 National Security Fellow at Harvard University.

During his time at Georgia Tech, LtGen McConville was part of a team of students that won the 1989 American Helicopter Society/McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Student Design Competition by designing a low-cost light utility helicopter, according to Flying Magazine.

LtGen McConville has already served in many staff assignments and is the recipient of various awards such as the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He is a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Gen McConville is also the brother-in-law of Professor Dimitri Mavris.