NATICK, Mass. — The U.S. Army Garrison Natick welcomed a new leader while saying goodbye to another during the Natick Soldier Systems Center garrison change of command ceremony Thursday.
Lt. Col. Andrew White assumed command from Lt. Col. Andrew Henderson, who served as NSSC’s Garrison Commander for the past two years. During the ceremony, host Vincent Grewatz Director of Installation Management Command - Training Directorate praised Henderson for his leadership and ability to handle the challenges of command in a complex environment.
“[Henderson] is an outstanding leader who challenged the garrison team and led it to the next level,” Grewatz said.
Henderson was assigned as the NSSC Garrison Commander in June 2019. During his tenure, which was also during the height of the pandemic, NSSC was the single location in New England to continuously provide safe, fully operational, five day a week ID card services.
Additionally, he ensured that construction on 28 new Family houses stayed on track for completion, installation barracks and dining facilities underwent renovations and 40 million gallons of water were filtered by the installation and returned to the environment clean. Grewatz said that through these accomplishments and more the installation was geared for success today and into the future by taking care of its people and community.
“Lt. Col. Henderson’s leadership was instrumental in ensuring seamless continual operations of critical support services for the installation during a challenging, uncertain and unprecedented time in our Nation’s history,” said Grewatz. “He ensured that the installation did not falter on its commitment to provide Soldiers, civilians, contractors, community partners and Family members with these critical services that under normal circumstances can be taken for granted but during a pandemic proved crucial.”
During his speech, Henderson thanked his Family for their support and the NSSC team for a successful time in command.
“Despite all the challenges we as an installation faced, I am filled with pride when I look and see how we persevered and overcame the challenges laid before us and would not have traded it for anything,” Henderson said.
Prior to assuming command, White most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo. Grewatz said he has equal confidence in White’s leadership abilities.
“Fortunately for IMCOM, the Army, the Nation and you all, we don’t have to look far to find another superb leader to take the helm at the garrison,” Grewatz said. “We’re placing this command in very capable hands. [He] brings a track record of excellence and a clear passion for mission, people and Families. I can’t think of anyone better to lead the garrison.”
During the ceremony, White thanked the NSSC team for the opportunity to lead as Garrison Commander.
“To the Natick team, thank you for the incredible onboarding and hard work to ensure a smooth transition of leadership,” White said. “I know that you are a professional team. I look forward to continuing the excellence and hard work you display on a daily basis. It is an incredible honor and responsibility to command this professional and committed organization.”