New commander takes reins at ISEC
August 18, 2011
FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. " The U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command welcomed a new commander and bade farewell to the outgoing commander at Fort Huachuca's Greely Hall Friday.
Col. Sylvester "Sly" Cotton relinquished command of ISEC to Col. Kris Kramarich in a traditional ceremony hosted by Maj. Gen. Randolph Strong, commanding general of U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command.
Strong presented Cotton with the Legion of Merit medal for his accomplishments as ISEC commander.
Cotton thanked the ISEC team for supporting him and the Soldiers on the front line. "That's why we come to work every day," he said.
"The Soldiers on their fourth and fifth tours deserve to know that we are doing everything within the realm of the possible to provide them with real-time secure access to the most advanced communications networks in the world," he added. "We simply cannot afford to provide anything less.
Cotton mentioned their many successes over the past two years, credited them for their hard work and expressed his pride in being able to serve as their commander "during these trying times."
He jokingly added, "I can go in peace, knowing that Kris Kramerich will fix all the mistakes I've made in the last two years."
Kramarich, who hails from Belgrade, Mont., was commissioned a Distinguished Military Graduate into the Military Intelligence Corps in 1990 and later transferred to the Signal Corps, is no stranger to Fort Huachuca.
"I began my career on this post 21 years ago, and my eyes were closed," she said, addressing the ISEC team. "I return with them much wider open; but I know during my time with ISEC, you will also open them that much further to another integral part of the Army."
Kramarich said she looks forward to commanding ISEC and sharing its role in the Army's information technology services' mission of providing the same services to both home stations and deployed areas of operation.
"I'm honored to join the ISEC Family," she concluded.
The 36th Army Band, U.S. Army Garrison, Communications Security Logistics Activity and B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment (Memorial) participated in the ceremony.