Major General Chris Beck is the new U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood Commanding General
Major General Chris Beck spent the weekend as the new U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood Commanding General. He became Fort Wood’s top general Friday when Major General James Bonner relinquished command of the installation to Beck.
Beck comes to Fort Leonard Wood from his most recent assignment as the deputy commanding general, III Corps, Fort Cavazos, Texas, until this year, Fort Hood. This is not his first time serving at Fort Leonard Wood. From August 2017 to June 2018, Beck served as the chief of staff at the installation.
Beck’s previous assignments also include commander and division engineer of the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; commander and division engineer of the Transatlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and director of the Office of the Chief of Engineers.
Beck received his commission from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1993, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He holds master’s degrees from the University of Missouri for Science and Technology in Engineering Management; from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Structural Engineering; and from the U.S. Air Force War College in Strategic Studies. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal.
Major General Bonner, who took command of the post-June 26th, 2020, moves on to his next assignment as deputy commanding general, U.S. Army North, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.