The White House appoints Rensselaer to the task force

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President Joe Biden signs an executive order reviewing United States supply chains for large capacity batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals and semiconductors.”/>

In this Feb. 2, 2021 file photo, President Joe Biden signs an executive order reviewing United States supply chains for large capacity batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals and semiconductors.

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Retired Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, a native of the city of Rensselaer, has assumed the post of new port and supply chain officer for the Biden-Harris administration’s Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, the White House said Friday.

The task force was formed in June 2021 to address imbalances between supply and demand in economic sectors as commercial activities resumed following vaccination and relief efforts to combat the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Global supply chains will remain fragile as the pandemic continues to disrupt ports and factories around the world, and there is still work to be done to reduce shipping delays and costs for American families, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Peter Buttigieg said.

“I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and continuing to engage industry, labor and port stakeholders to improve the fluidity of our supply chains, reduce shipping costs and ultimately save money for the American people,” Lyons said in a statement.

Lyons is a five fight tour veteran. In addition to directing US Transportation Command, one of 11 combatant commands in the US Department of Defense, he previously served as deputy chief of logistics for the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division in Operation Just Cause in Panama, the 1st Armored Division in Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia and two deployments in the Iraq War.

Lyons graduated from the LaSalle Institute in 1979. He earned an associate degree from Hudson Valley Community College. After completing a ROTC program and graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1983, he was promoted to second lieutenant. He also holds two master’s degrees, one from the Naval Postgraduate School in Logistics Management in 1993 and a second from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in National Resource Strategy 2005.

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