By Marissa Anderson (CECOM Public Affairs)August 21, 2013
Fort Huachuca, AZ.-Outgoing Commander, Col. Kris Kramarich, passed the torch of responsibility of U.S. Army's Communications-Electronics Command's Information Systems Engineering Command to Col. Patrick L. Kerr at a change of command ceremony Thursday, August 15, at Greely Hall Auditorium. Maj. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell, commanding general of CECOM, based out of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., presided over the ceremony.
Ferrell hosted the ceremony and praised the leadership of the incoming ISEC commander.
"…We are very fortunate today to be welcoming one of our Army's superstars to the ISEC and CECOM Team in Col Pat Kerr. All you have to do is take one look at Pat's incredible career and you will see he has taken on some of the toughest assignments in the Signal Corps community -- and delivered superb results every time," Ferrell said. "By the time he was a young captain, Pat had already completed three operational deployments to Kuwait, Somalia, and to Bosnia."
Ferrell went on to say that Kerr will rise to the challenges of the future operating environment and described him as a "truly gifted leader."
"The technology that underpins ISEC's mission is changing faster than we can ever imagine…I am absolutely confident that Kerr will continue to build on ISEC's legacy of success, continue to accomplish the mission, and continue to nurture and develop the workforce, said Ferrell."
Kerr said that he was "humbled" to take the reins of ISEC.
""ISEC is people, and the leaders sitting on this stage represent the tremendously dedicated professionals from across ISEC. They are the ones who deserve all the credit and praise."
Prior to assuming the role of commander of ISEC, Kerr attended and graduated from James Madison University in 1990 with a Bachelors of Business Administration. He entered active duty in the U.S. Army as a second Lieutenant in the Signal Corp in the same year. Kerr's command and staff assignments throughout his career included executive officer to the director of Defense Information Systems Agency, Commander of the 53rd Signal Battalion, Battalion S3 and executive officer of the 44th Signal Battalion and chief of operations of the G3 in the 5th Signal Command, Company Commander of the 369th Signal Battalion and Company Executive Officer and Platoon Leader of the 63rd Signal Battalion.
More recently, Kerr served as the Deputy G3 for the United States Army Cyber Command/2nd Army that is a global organization that plans, coordinates, integrates, synchronizes, directs, and conducts network operations and defense of all Army networks.
Kerr is married to the former Wendy Allen Gross and together they have two children.
Ferrell also commended Kramarich on her impact during her command tour of ISEC.
"…Under Kris' leadership, ISEC has also established great partnerships not only with our major Army commands and our joint community -- but with our PEOs and PM customers -- pushing to improve communications between the PM teams and ISEC together," said Ferrell. "These efforts have helped keep our projects on schedule and made our CECOM/PEO teams stronger as a result."
Kramarich's next assignment will be as chief of staff and acting deputy commanding general at U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command at Fort Huachuca.