By Mr. Tony Lopez (AMC)September 21, 2018
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- During a ceremony hosted by Gen. Gus F. Perna, commander, Army Materiel Command, Michelle M.T. Letcher was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in front of Joint Munitions Command staff, family and distinguished guests, at the RIA Museum, September 21.
In the rank of colonel, Letcher assumed the duties of Commander of Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command and the Joint Munitions Command on June 14, 2018, during a ceremony held at the Rock Island Arsenal's Heritage Hall.
"This is a great day for the Letchers." said Gen. Perna, "A great day for our Army."
During a brief pause of the promotion ceremony, Gen. Perna presented a Vietnam Veteran coin to Joseph Tomal, Brig. Gen. Letcher's father, to recognize him for his previous service to his country.
Perna noted several reasons for Brig. Gen. Letcher's selection as a general officer. She was promoted because of her "technical expertise, her passion, her persistence, her caring leadership and her ability to think bigger than herself and the organization. That's why we're here today," he added. "When we select general officers, we've had to select the right ones, the ones that every day are improving their knowledge and expertise. The ones that will lead by example and treat others with the highest character. That is Michelle Letcher."
Brig. Gen. Letcher is a native of Oak Forest, Illinois, and was commissioned in the Air Defense Artillery branch via the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1995. She was branch detailed and became an Ordnance Officer in 1997. She has served in many logistics, command and staff positions during her 23-year career.
The JM&L LCMC brings together the resources and expertise of its three component organizations: the Program Executive Office Ammunition, the Joint Munitions Command and the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center. It oversees a nationwide network of installations and facilities that produce and store conventional ammunition under the direction of JMC.
Letcher thanked all the mentors and family who helped her during her life and career but especially her parents who had strong military ties and supported her when she was growing up. "My passion to serve started at home," said Brig. Gen. Letcher. "I've been surrounded by strong people all my life. I am grateful and humbled by all the leaders and family and friends, but mostly I'm inspired by this front row" as she referred to her immediate family in the audience, her husband and three sons.
Following the promotion ceremony, guests congratulated Brig. Gen. Letcher in a formal receiving line. Cake and refreshments were served during a brief reception at the Letcher's residence.
The JM&L LCMC is co-located at Picatinny Arsenal, N. J., and Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. The JM&L LCMC and JMC executes integrated life cycle management and provides ready, reliable and lethal munitions at the right place and right time to sustain global operations.