ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- The Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command and Joint Munitions Command held a change of command ceremony here, July 18, at Memorial Park.

Col. Heidi J. Hoyle replaced Brig. Gen. Richard B. Dix, who relinquished command of JM&L LCMC and JMC after 13 months as the senior leader.

The Joint Munitions & Lethality Life Cycle Management Command is co-located at the Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois and Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey. The JM&L LCMC aligns three organizations to execute the Army's munitions and lethality mission: the Program Executive Office for Ammunition; the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center; and, the Joint Munitions Command.

Gen. Gustave F. Perna, Commanding General, Army Materiel Command, served as the officiating officer. He spoke of Dix's significant accomplishments as the JMC Commander and wished him well as he retired after serving his Nation for more than 30 years. He also noted that the support Dix received from his family was crucial to his success during his military career.

"To all the family members, I want to say thank you for all you have done," said Perna during his opening remarks. "You are our strength. God Bless you."

"Today, what we witnessed was a deeply meaningful and sacred tradition of our military," added Perna. "The colors represent the command and serve as the focal point of the unit. When I passed the colors from Brig. Gen. Dix to Col. Hoyle, the responsibilities of the command's military and civilian personnel officially passed along with the colors. The responsibility of providing the Joint Force with Ready, Reliable and Lethal munitions also passed."

"As a direct effect of his leadership, JMC has excelled under Brig. Gen. Dix's command," Perna noted. "He has managed the ammunition around the globe for the Marines, the Air Force, the Navy, the Army and the Coast Guard. Soldiers have always had the munitions they needed, thanks to his leadership. So Rich, on behalf of the whole AMC Family, thank you for a well-done job."

"For 30 years plus, all I've ever dreamed about is being a Soldier," said Brig. Gen. Dix during his remarks. "I stand on the shoulders of great people who served before me. We've always given our best to serve the best. I want to thank Gen. Perna for allowing me the honor and privilege of serving as the JMC commander."

Hoyle arrives at Rock Island Arsenal after serving as the Executive Officer to the Executive Deputy of Army Materiel Command, at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. She is a native of Bay City, Michigan and was commissioned as an Ordnance Officer following her graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1994. She has served in many command and staff positions during her military career.

"It's definitely an honor to be here today," said Hoyle during her closing remarks. "My husband and I are truly excited about living in the Quad Cities. I feel privileged to be a part of continuing JMC's mission with this talented and dedicated military and civilian workforce. Army Strong!"

Joint Munitions Command produces small-, medium- and large-caliber ammunition items for the Department of Defense. The primary mission of JMC is to manage the production, storage, issue, and demilitarization of conventional ammunition for all U.S. military services. JMC is the sustainment and logistics integrator for life-cycle management of ammunition and provides a global presence of technical support to U.S. combat units wherever they are stationed or deployed.