Brig. Gen. Anthony Potts, Program Executive Officer Soldier, presents Col. Douglas W. Copeland, Project Manager Soldier Sensors and Lasers at Program Executive Office Soldier, the PM SSL Charter, July 26.

Project Manager Soldier Sensors and Lasers hosted a change of charter ceremony, July 26, welcoming Col. Douglas Copeland as the new Project Manager to PM SSL, and as a member of the larger Program Executive Office Soldier Family.

In his opening remarks, Brig. Gen. Anthony Potts, PEO-Soldier, stated “These are exciting, but tough, times within PM SSL. Over the past year, SSL has endured a lot of change and the programs within have become high priorities for the Army.”  

Col. Christopher Schneider, outgoing Project Manager for PM SSL, is in charge of the newly created Program Manager Integrated Visual Augmentation System. 

In addressing Copeland, Schneider stated, “I could not be happier or more proud that you’re coming over to SSL. There is not a better leader to take over SSL and drive it to success.” 

Copeland is no stranger to PEO Soldier and spent most of his acquisition career here. “Returning to PEO Soldier is like a homecoming. Things have come full circle for me,” he stated. “PEO Soldier is my Family, my tribe.” 

“Your collective talent, hard work, and dedication to the mission has enabled our forces with the best capabilities on the planet,” Copeland stated addressomg the PEO Soldier team. “These are some of the finest acquisition professionals I have ever seen. They expertly execute this mission, every day, and always give 110 percent and then some.”