The Army has announced a new acting No. 2 at the Program Executive Office – Command, Control and Communications (Tactical).

Joe Welch will serve as the acting deputy at PEO C3T, which is the Army office that supports the communications and tactical network. He will replace Mary Woods.

As acting deputy PEO C3T, Welch will lead a team of more than 1,600 personnel who work to develop and provide a network that allows for advanced information communication for soldiers. Recently, PEO C3T has focused on modernizing communications technology.

Prior to his appointment in June, Welch had served as the PEO C3T technical management director since 2016. There he worked as a senior engineer and on technology research and investment in tactical communications strategy. He began his career at a Department of Defense civilian employee in 2000 and has since worked in other Army and joint organizations.

Woods retired from the deputy position in June. She served the Army for more than 32 years and worked as the deputy PEO C3T for five years beginning in May 2013.

“Her selfless service, commitment and dedication to PEO C3T and Aberdeen Proving Ground have made a lasting impression on all of us, and for that she will be greatly missed,” a Facebook post from the PEO C3T page said.