ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. - Depot Commander Col. Timothy Sullivan was the guest speaker Nov. 19 at a meeting of local members of the Association of the United States Army.

The Anniston Satellite of the Redstone-Huntsville Chapter gave Sullivan "a warm AUSA welcome" as they hosted for the first time Anniston Army Depot's 32nd commander during breakfast at Classic on Noble in downtown Anniston.

Sullivan spoke to the AUSA members and guests about his military background and presented them with his views on the depot's future as the Secretary of the Army's Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for various combat vehicles, Strykers and small arms weapons, among other equipment.

"In the little time I've been in Anniston, I already see that I'm surrounded by great people at the depot. Furthermore, the depot is surrounded by a great community, and that's why the depot will be here for another 69 years," said Sullivan.

Attendees at the breakfast included business leaders, government officials and community partners.

ANAD, chief provider of the Army's refurbished M1 Abrams tanks, is also the depot of choice for the Army's Stryker reset work, a program that Sullivan said will take the depot at least five years to complete. "Because of our reputation providing quality M1s and other vehicles, people across the Department of Defense and the materiel enterprise know that Anniston is the exemplary depot in many business areas," he said.

Sullivan said the depot's leaders confer on a regular basis with Army and Marine Corps program managers about the DoD's efforts to sustain and manage the life cycle of their programs.

"The life cycle for each of these programs is not only contingent on partnering with the PMs; Anniston also looks at internal partnerships with other depots and external partnerships with defense companies," said Sullivan. Additionally, partnering between the service branches is another mechanism for supplying equipment, as "jointness" has already allowed for the depot to serve as the prime systems integrator for the Joint Assault Bridge and the Assault Breacher Vehicle.

"ANAD looks at the big picture to see where partnering can benefit not only the DoD but how it can best serve this community," said Sullivan. "ANAD belongs to this community."

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