Brig. Gen. Ives became the Deputy Commander of the 377th Theater Sustainment Command located in Belle Chase, LA in November, 2012 after completing his tour as commander of the 364th Sustainment Command Expeditionary (ESC). He has over 32 years of continuous commissioned service.
His recent posting with the 364th ESC included their mobilization in support of Operations New Dawn—the final retrograde from Iraq, and Enduring Freedom for the initial set-up of retrograde from Afghanistan. A notable previous assignment for Ives was his service as Commander of Task Force Cincinnatus in eastern Afghanistan from 2007-2008. The Task Force provided security and development across five Afghan Provinces and had full spectrum operational control in the region. It planned and executed a major combat operation, “Nauroz Jhala”, as a Joint-Coalition effort with the 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, Afghanistan National Army in Kapisa Province. In 2008, Ives was assigned TF Lafayette which was the first time since WWII that regular French forces served under a U.S. commander.
Ives is licensed in Washington as a Professional Civil Engineer. He was born into the Army family while serving in Balboa, Panama. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. Presently, he holds two master’s degrees—one in Public Administration from Shippensburg State, and the second in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.
Throughout his career, Ives has held a variety of operational and command positions. Initial assignments included the Corps of Engineers in the Seattle and Tulsa Districts for his engineer internship and as a platoon leader for B Company, 2nd Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea. In 1985, then Cpt. Ives transitioned to the Army Reserve to serve with the 124th U.S. Army Reserve Command in Seattle. He commanded the 409th Engineer Company (Panel Bridge), Everett, Wash., and then was the maintenance and materials officer for the Facilities Engineer Team, 416th Engineer Command. As a major, Ives served on the training staff for the 124th Army Reserve Command (ARCOM) as a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) schools officer, then as the operations officer, and executive officer of the 124th Engineer Battalion (Provisional). Upon promotion to lieutenant colonel, he was selected to command the 321st Engineer Battalion, Boise, Idaho, the most geographically-dispersed engineer battalion in the Army Reserve. Prior to his Afghanistan service, Col. Ives served as operations chief for the 70th Regional Readiness Command, Ft. Lawton, Wash.
Ives’ operational deployments and joint assignments have included Detachment 6, 416th Engineer Command (ENCOM), National Support Element, Operation Joint Endeavor in Taszar, Hungary and as commander of the 654th Area Support Group in Olympia, Wash., during Operation Noble Eagle. While assigned to the United States European Command (EUCOM) staff in 2009, he served as the assistant to Ambassador Katherine Canavan who was the Deputy Commander for Diplomacy and Development.
Ives was the first U.S. soldier recipient of the BARYL medal (Silver order) from the President of Afghanistan in May 2008 in recognition for TF Cincinnatus’ immediate response to the Salang Pass natural disaster. Other awards include the Defense Superior Service medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service medal(two oak leafs), Army Commendation medal(four oak leafs), Army Achievement medal(three oak leafs), Armed Forces Reserve medal(gold hourglass, ‘M’ device plus 5), and the Combat Action Badge.
He is married and calls Alexandria, Virginia home where he resides with his family.