Ceremony Marks Full Operational Capability
Maj. Gen. Randolph P. Strong, commander of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, introduces Brig. Gen. Darrell Williams, commanding general of Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime. Looking on from the left is: Ed Elgart, director of Contracting, and Milton Lewis, executive director of Acquisition Management-DLA Land and Maritime. Seated next to Williams is CECOM's Logistics and Readiness Center Director Dave Sharman.

The CECOM Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Randolph P. Strong, welcomed Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Darrell Williams to Aberdeen Proving Ground Nov. 10 for the Full Operational Capability ceremony for the DLA Land.

During his remarks, Strong said support to the warfighter has been seamless and he thanked the team from DLA Land at Warren, Mich., who provided experienced contracting support while DLA was growing its team at APG.

"The support the Warren, and now the Aberdeen, team provided enabled us to continue to meet our critical mission" he remarked. Strong also lauded Doug Nevins, the director for Procurement Operations for DLA Land at APG, remarking that "he came early to Aberdeen when he was the only person aboard and took charge of the plan for assuming this mission from day one."

Williams said this detachment stand-up has been unlike any other for Base Realignment and Closure transfer of function in that no personnel were transferred from the losing service. Note: The "losing service" is the Army since it "lost" the authority and responsibility for maintaining missions, functions and corresponding positions under the BRAC authority. DLA is the "gaining service" in that it "gained" the authority, responsibility and corresponding positions for these missions and functions).

Williams congratulated those involved who helped to establish the organization, to create the infrastructure and to hire and train all new employees in a short time frame.

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He went on to say that the DLA Land at APG is the third Depot Level Reparable procurement detachment and the 10th overall new detachment for DLA Land and Maritime.

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