COL Craig S. Cotter
Col. Craig S. Cotter, serves as the 46th commander of the Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center.

The Department of the Army has announced that Col. Craig S. Cotter, who currently serves as commanding officer of the U.S. Army Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center has been selected as the deputy commander for the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command headquartered in Daegu, Republic of Korea.

The Army also announced that Col. Cotter's successor is Col. James O. Fly, Jr. Prior to becoming the Arsenal's 46th commander, Col. Fly served as the deputy commander of the 402nd Army Field Support Brigade at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

"My command here at the Arsenal has been more rewarding than I could have ever imagined and I will miss being a part of this phenomenal operation, but I'm excited by the challenges that await me at my next assignment," Col. Cotter said. "My wife Brenda and I have called the Quad Cities home for more than three years during which we could not have asked for better support from the community and Arsenal Island."

"Jim Fly already understands the value of our Arsenal, this National Treasure, and he already knows what a great community we have here in the Quad Cities," Col. Cotter said. "His strong advocacy for and leadership of the Arsenal mean the future continues to burn bright for Rock Island Arsenal, its employees and the community as a whole."

"I feel honored that not only did I have the opportunity to command this unique manufacturing facility, but have been able to call this wonderful community home," Col. Cotter said. "Brenda and I will leave this area with many great memories of this place and the people as we continue to work to support this great Nation and the world's finest Army."

The change of command is on Sept. 2 at 10:00 a.m. on Arsenal Island.

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