Major General K. Todd Royar assumed command of the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command on June 10, 2019. As the commander, he leads more than 16,000 Soldiers and civilians in providing aviation, missile and test measurement and diagnostic equipment sustainment support to the Joint Warfighter to enable readiness. Royar graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1988 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in Army Aviation. He was assigned as a platoon leader to the 158th Aviation Regiment, Frankfurt, Germany, flying OH-58 (Kiowa) aircraft. While assigned to the 158th Aviation Regiment, he deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. His command assignments include E Troop, 5th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment in the Republic of Korea; D Troop, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas; 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, deploying with the squadron in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fort Hood, deploying with the squadron in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Campbell, deploying with the brigade in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Royar also served as the Chief of Staff, United States Army Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama; and, most recently, as the Deputy Commanding General - Support for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell. Royar is a graduate of the United States Army Armor School; the United States Army Command and General Staff College; the School of Advanced Military Studies, where he earned a Master of Military Art and Science degree; the AH-64 Aviator Qualification Course; and the United States Navy War College, where he earned a Master of Science degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Royar has deployed and commanded units in combat at every echelon from platoon to brigade in support of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legions of Merit, three Bronze Star Medals, four Meritorious Service Medals, five Air Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Master Army Aviator Badge and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.