Major General Anthony (Tony) Potts earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Murray State University in 1986, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in Army Aviation. His military education includes Rotary Wing Flight Training, AH-64 Apache Instructor Pilot Course, Command and General Staff College, Program Manager's Course, and the Senior Service College. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Kentucky and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
In prior assignments, Major General Potts served as the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, and Senior Commander, Natick Soldier Systems Center. He served as acting Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management, PEO Missiles and Space; as Director, Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense and Army/Navy Transportable Radar Surveillance, Sustainment Management Office, Redstone Arsenal; as Deputy Director for Acquisition and System Management, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)); and Director of Resource Integration, (ASA(ALT)), in Washington, D.C. He also served as Project Manager, Aviation Systems, PEO Aviation; Deputy G-3, Aviation & Missile Command; Product Manager, Apache Modernization; Product Manager, Blue Force Tracker – Aviation; and as the Assistant Product Manager for the Army Airborne Command and Control System, at Redstone Arsenal. He also served as Task Force Commander-Balkans Digitization Initiative.
Major General Potts has served as an attack helicopter platoon leader in Germany, and in staff positions as a logistics officer, an intelligence officer and an operations officer. He served as commander of the U.S. Army's AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter Training Company, and also served in the FORCE XXI experiments in the Digital Force Coordination Cell as Operations Officer for Aviation, Field Artillery, and Air Defense.
Major General Potts is a rated AH-64 Apache Instructor Pilot with a combat tour in Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. As an acquisition officer he has made numerous deployments to the Balkans, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, fielding and sustaining critical battlefield systems.
The general's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Valor Device, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Saudi Kuwait Liberation Medal, Senior Aviator Badge, Air Assault Badge and Army Staff Badge.
Major General Potts and his wife Jennifer have been married 16 years. He is the proud father of two grown children: his son, Taylor, who lives in California and his daughter, Cynthia, who lives in Washington State.