Army two-star general killed in private aviation plane crash

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Army Maj. Gen. Anthony Potts Aberdeen Proving Ground plane crash
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Anthony W. Potts (right), Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical, with U.S. Army V Corps personnel during a visit to Camp Kościuszko on Feb. 7, 2023, in Poznan, Poland. (U.S. Army photo)

A U.S. Army two-star general and father of two was killed last week after his airplane crashed in Maryland. 

“It is with deep regret that we inform you of the death of Maj. Gen. Anthony W. Potts who passed away on July 25, 2023,” the Army said in a Friday statement. Maj. Gen. Potts completed over 36 years of distinguished service, most recently serving as Program Executive Officer, Command, Control and Communication (Tactical), Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.”

The command is responsible for developing and deploying communications equipment to support battlefield operations. 

Prior to that Potts led the Program Executive Office Soldier, tasked with developing soldier equipment such as uniforms and body armor.

“Our kit has to be of soldiers, designed by soldiers, for soldiers,” Potts said in a 2019 interview. “We have to listen, we want to hear what our soldiers have to say, and then we want to provide them the kit that they want to take into combat.”

“Our mandate is to listen to our soldiers,” Potts said in the video. “These are about America’s sons and daughters. These are about the greatest treasure that our country has to protect in defense of our freedom.”

Potts also briefly said he found meaning in his job guiding Army gear decisions when one of his own children was in uniform. “I’ve had a son that served in the army served in the 173rd and those things become very real when your kids are out there serving and you want to just make sure that the very best equipment that we could possibly give them is in their hands.”

According to Harford County first responders, Potts, a father of two, was the only passenger on board a single-engine aircraft that crashed shortly after 7:00 p.m. on July 25 in Havre de Grace, Maryland. 

No other injuries were reported in the crash, which is now under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. 

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According to his official Army biography, Potts commissioned in 1986, initially serving as an aviation officer and platoon leader with an AH-64 Apache platoon in Germany along with a deployment to Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. His service record included multiple deployments to the Balkans, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. His decorations included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Air Medal with Valor. Potts assumed his most recent position in 2022. 

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