TOOELE ARMY DEPOT, Utah-- Tooele Army Depot (TEAD) welcomed its 39th commander during an official Army change of command ceremony, July 15.

Col. Steven M. Dowgielewicz, Jr. assumed command from Col. Todd W.

Col. Steven Dowgielewicz (left) grabs unit colors symbolically assuming command of Tooele Army Depot from Col. Todd Burnley (right).
Col. Steven Dowgielewicz (left) grabs unit colors symbolically assuming command of Tooele Army Depot from Col. Todd Burnley (right). (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

Burnley, who served as TEAD commander for two years.

The time-honored tradition of the official change of command was held at the headquarters building on TEAD. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance was limited to 10 people—just immediate family and those participating in the ceremony. Distinguished leaders, community members, family and friends of the incoming and outgoing commanders and TEAD employees watched via Facebook live.

Col. Gavin J. Gardner, commander, Joint Munitions Command, officiated the ceremony via video conference. Gardner commended Burnley for his leadership and praised Tooele Army Depot workers.

“It is their labors that enable our warfighters to be successful in all our missions that we are accomplishing around the world that preserve liberty, freedom and peace,” said Gardner.

Col. Burnley in his farewell remarks to the depot also praised the workforce.

“What I really think sets the folks here at Tooele apart is that you care. You care about TEAD making mission,” said Burnley.

The TEAD mission is to supply the nation’s warfighters and allies with ready, reliable, lethal munitions, and while command may have changed, the incoming commander reiterated that the mission has not changed.

“I am excited to be standing here today and ready to serve the Tooele Army team and the units that rely on it for material and services to accomplish their mission,” said Dowgielewicz.

Tooele Army Depot was established in 1942 and has committed itself to readiness and rapid munitions response for more than 78 years.  It is a premier joint ammunition site responsible for shipping, storing, receiving, inspecting, demilitarizing and maintaining training and war-reserve conventional munitions. The depot also develops innovative ammunition peculiar equipment used for demilitarization, as well as completing renovation, modification, modernization and maintenance of conventional-type munitions.