ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- Col. Doyle Lassitter, commander, Distribution Management Center, U.S. Army Sustainment Command, relinquished his command and conducted a retirement recognition ceremony June 9 in Constitution Square near Building 390 here.
Maj. Gen. Edward Daly, senior commander of Rock Island Arsenal and commanding general of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command, participated in the passing of the unit colors and gave remarks during the ceremony.
"Doyle has demonstrated that leadership is action -- not position -- and that excellence is not a single act, but a habit," said Daly. "Over 28 years of service, Doyle has given 110 percent to the Army family."
Lassitter thanked the DMC staff and his colleagues for supporting him at ASC. He also thanked God, his friends, mentors and family for their support throughout his career.
"Few people get to live their dream," he said. "It might sound cliché, but I got to live my dream in my career."
Daly presented Lassitter with the Legion of Merit during the awards presentation.
The Legion of Merit is awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service, according to the award's criteria. It was first established by Congress in 1942.
Lassitter was commissioned as an Ordnance officer in February 1989 after graduating with distinction from the University of Florida. He deployed several times in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm, twice to Operation Enduring Freedom and once to Operation Iraqi Freedom, with other assignments in Korea and Germany.
He was the commander of the 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion from June 2006 to March 2009, and he served as the commander of the Red River Army Depot from June 2011 to June 2014.
Lassitter said he will move back to Florida where he will buy a kayak for boating along the coast.
Lassitter's wife, children and grandchildren attended the event. His wife, daughters and granddaughters all received red roses.
The ceremony included a 13-gun salute from the arsenal's cannon, and a retreat ceremony in honor of Lassitter's retirement.
The DMC is tasked with knowing when and where ASC must deliver readiness (equipment and services) to Soldiers at the operational and tactical points of need. It provides material management support, tracking of unit readiness, and material coordination across much of the Army.