MG(R) Al Aycock is the Managing Partner of the Ramparts Group, a company dedicated to aligning business and industry with defense needs and opportunites in the areas of military base management, energy, and the Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.
Before departing military service after 38 years in 2016, MG(R) Aycock was the Director of Operations, Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management on the Army Staff serving over 4 years in this position. He was responsible for the Army’s $5 billion military construction program, facility standards, energy programs, and the management of the Army’s BRAC program. During this time, his team established the Army’s first Facility Investment Program to refocus leader decision-making during a time of reduced funding and all future Army facilities were set with a standard design. Army facility accountability to fiscal standards went from the worst in DoD to the best. Army energy programs were noted by the White House as the best in the Federal Government.
He previously served as Deputy Commanding General and Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army Installation Management Command from February 2009-May 2011 where his team moved the command to Fort Sam Houston under BRAC while also supporting all other Army Commands with BRAC moves. MG(R) Aycock was responsible to the Commander for overseeing command and staff planning and execution processes in support of over 160 Installations around the world.
He deployed in support of the wartime operations of Army Central Command (ARCENT) from February-April 2011 as Special Assistant to the ARCENT CG. He supported the effort to improve base camp management and to set the plan for the transition of existing bases back to Iraqi control.
MG(R) Aycock served as the Commanding General, Special Operations, Korea, from July 2008 to February 2009, with collateral duty as the Commanding General of United Nations Special Operations Forces. During this time, the command expanded training opportunities between US and Korean Special Operations Forces.
From August 2006 to July 2008, he served as Commanding General, Installation Management Command, Korea, where three of five garrisons received Army Community of Excellence (ACOE) awards within two years. These Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards specifically noted excellence in the areas of Soldier, Family, and Child wellness. During this time, MG(R) Aycock also served as US Forces Korea, J8, responsible for initiating the transformation from a combined US-Korea command to separate Headquarters. His team set the initial planning for the move from Yongsan to Camp Humphreys—the largest move since the Korean War ended.
From 2003 to 2006, MG(R) Aycock served as Garrison Commander of Fort Bragg, NC. During his tenure there, the post earned ACOE honors twice and earned the Army’s Garrison Antiterrorism Award for three consecutive years. The post earned best-in-the-Army awards for Child and Youth Services, a Military Child Education Coalition award for partnership with local schools, and was named as one of the 100 best places for children by America’s Promise.
Previously, MG(R) Aycock served from 2000-2003 in US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, G3, ensuring the training and readiness of Army SOF during the highest period of deployment and mobilization in command history. In this role, he was also the lead for a command-wide reorganization that largely remains in effect. He reset the command validation of wartime needs so troops deployed with needed equipment.
As a student at the Army War College from 1999-2000, MG(R) Aycock was selected for the first Advanced Strategic Art Program and was certified as a Strategist. Additionally, he was selected to serve on a Chief of Staff of the Army-directed study on Personnel Turbulence that was 1 of 3 studies leading to an Army Superior Unit Award for the Army War College. Before attending the Army War College, MG(R) Aycock served as the Assistant Chief of Staff and the Commanding General’s Speechwriter in USASOC.
From 1996-1998, he served as Commander, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (SWTG) (Airborne) responsible for Special Forces Advanced Skills Training in military freefall at Yuma AZ, underwater operations at Key West FL, urban combat and sniper training at Range 37 on Fort Bragg NC, and the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Course at Camp Mackall NC. His team ran high risk training noted as the safest and most realistic in the Army.
MG(R) Aycock served as Inspector General for the Special Warfare Center having previously served as Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 1st SWTG (Airborne) responsible for all Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC) support.
He was selected as Aide-de-Camp for the Commanding General of USASOC following an assignment as Commander, Company F, 1st Battalion, 1st SWTG (Airborne) responsible for SFQC field training and the culmination exercise, Robin Sage. During his tenure at Co F, his team reset the unconventional warfare nature of the exercise and standardized instructor training to enhance student learning and preparation for transition to operational units.
Following graduation from the Armed Forces Staff College, he was assigned to the Pentagon as a Joint Service Officer where he served on the Joint Staff, J3, first in Counter-narcotics Operations Division, then as a briefer on the Crisis Action Team for Operation Desert Shield/Storm, and later in Special Operations Division of the Joint Staff J3 on a classified project.
After graduation from the SFQC as honor graduate and transferring to the newly created Special Forces Branch, MG Aycock was Detachment Commander, ODA 584 (Military Freefall), 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) deploying his unit to Tunisia. He was later Battalion S3 for 3rd Battalion deploying the unit on a major Army Training Exercise Program (ARTEP) evaluation.
Before transitioning to Special Forces, MG Aycock was selected as the Executive Officer to the XVIII Airborne Corps G3 after having been a founding member of the Army’s 1st Battlefield Coordination Detachment working with the Air Force on multiple deployments.
MG(R) Aycock served as Commander, Company E (Anti-armor), 504th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division where the unit earned best separate company honors. He previously served as a Force Structure Officer and later Chief of Force Structure, XVIII Airborne Corps, during the Army of Excellence transformation at Fort Bragg, NC.
MG(R) Aycock’s first assignment was to Fort Stewart, GA, where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Support Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in 2nd Battalion, 21st Infantry, 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) as part of the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force. His unit was the test Brigade for the National Training Center concept and also deployed to Exercise Bright Star in Egypt after the assassination of Anwar Sadat.
MG(R) was commissioned as an infantry officer in 1978 after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy where he was Captain of the USMA Parachute Team.
He holds a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy, a Master of Education from Fayetteville State University with induction in the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Army War College and a certificate in Advanced Strategic Art. He earned a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University. His military education includes the Armed Forces Staff College and Army Management Staff College.
MG(R) Aycock’s awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster(OLC), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two OLCs, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with five OLCs, Korea Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. He earned the Joint Staff Identification Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, Military Freefall Parachutist Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and Special Forces Tab.