By Jennifer BacchusJune 28, 2018
ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- The Anniston Munitions Center held a change of command ceremony Monday, June 18, at 10 a.m. in the depot's Physical Fitness Center.
Lt. Col. Roshun Steele assumed command of the munitions organization. She comes to Anniston from Auburn University, where she served as professor of Military Science.
She is looking forward to working with the ANMC workforce to ensure U.S. war fighters are equipped with the right equipment when and where it is needed.
"I am truly humbled to be given this opportunity to command," said Steele. "From start to finish, this is a winning team."
Lt. Col. Craig McIlwain, ANMC commander since June 16, 2016, relinquished command to Steele in a ceremony presided over by the Blue Grass Army Depot Commander, Col. Norbert Fochs. Under the Army's Joint Munitions Command, Kentucky's BGAD has command and control of ANMC.
"Since the day he took the colors, Lt. Col. McIlwain has been dedicated to leading this organization and its remarkable workforce," said Fochs during the ceremony.
McIlwain's accomplishments during his two-year tour of duty in Anniston included completion of the Multiple Launch Rocket System Recycling Center and numerous missile missions in support of the U.S. military throughout the world.
"I was extremely lucky to have such a talented team," he said as he thanked his support system, including his family and friends, and the employees of ANMC for their assistance in ensuring he succeeded during his time in command.
McIlwain now proceeds to his next duty station with the U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Anniston Munitions Center, a tenant organization located on Anniston Army Depot, provides timely and accurate receipt, storage, issue and demilitarization of conventional ammunition and missiles in support of the joint war fighters.
ANMC has been in existence in its current state since 1998, when it stood up operations for the first time as a major tenant activity under the name Anniston Munitions Center. Before then, the same operations were conducted under the installation commander in the depot's Directorate of Ammunition.