Mr. Effinger serves as the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Ground Vehicle Systems Center, a position he has held since April 2019. He leads a diversely-disciplined staff of more than 170 experts in personnel, security, operations, logistics, planning, and more in supporting the GVSC mission to develop ground vehicle technologies for the Army’s strategic priorities and in support of its Cross Functional Teams.
A retired U.S. Army Colonel, Effinger has a Bachelor of Aviation Management from Auburn University, a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Aviation Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College, and the Army War College. He has over 3300 fixed and rotary wing hours, holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating (fixed-wing multi-engine land), Commercial/Rotary-Wing Instrument rating, and is Maintenance Test Pilot certified. His awards and decorations include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (w/4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (w/Oak Leaf Cluster), and Army Achievement Medal. He is now a Department of the Army Civilian and Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, Ground Vehicle Systems Center.