CAMP HUMPHREYS, SOUTH KOREA. -- In a change of command ceremony held at the 2ID Warrior Theater on July 1, Col. Daryl (Gwen) Devera-Waden became the brigade commander for the 411th Contracting Support Brigade.
The ceremony recognized the achievements of Col. David A. Ware, who relinquished command of the 411th CSB to Col. Devera-Waden. Brig. Gen. Michael D. Roache, deputy commanding general for Sustainment of Eighth Army, hosted the ceremony.
Col. Devera-Waden comes to the 411th CSB from the U.S. Army Communication-Electronics Command at Fort Hood, Texas, where she served as the director of the Central Technical Support Facility.
As the 411th CSB commander, Col. Devera-Waden will lead an organization of a professional workforce of Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians, Korean General Service civilians, and Korean Augmentation to the United States Army (KATUSA) Soldiers geographic dispersed through the Korean peninsula, delivering decisive contracting solutions across the full spectrum of conflict as part of the Joint Force, anytime, anywhere.
Brig. Gen. Roache led off the event by recognizing the brigade's tremendous support to the warfighter and ensuring the readiness of the joint and multinational forces in support of the “Fight Tonight” mission. He also praised Col. Ware for his leadership during the global pandemic and how the organization played a crucial role in providing contracting support throughout.
Brig. Gen. Roache also praised Col. Devera-Waden for her compassion as a leader and said he had the utmost confidence in her ability to raise the standards of the 411th CSB to greater heights.
"I know she will continue to build on what has already been done to posture for the future challenges and endeavors towards excellence,” he said.
In his final remarks as the commander of the 411th CSB, Col. Ware praised the workforce, saying that the 411th CSB has been one of his greatest accomplishments as both a battalion commander and brigade commander for four years of his military career.
He spoke particularly on the stellar execution of workforce in supporting United States Forces – Korea (USFK) theater in a constrained and challenging work environment.
"A large part of my days as the brigade commander here, we have been working in both the pandemic of COVID 19 and the lapse of the special measures agreement. But even in the height of each of these two situations, the Soldiers, DACs and KNs have continued to bring great success to our organization and moved forwarded to highest readiness rate to ensure we truly could Fight Tonight,” Col. Ware said.
Speaking about Col. Devera-Waden, Col. Ware welcomed both her and her husband, Shane, wishing them the best of luck.
“The Army has made the right decision selecting you as the commander for the 411th. Gwen and I go back a ways in our acquisition careers and from what I know of you and the reputation you have, you are going to bring an amazing energy, caring leadership and commitment to the unit that I know will continue the success and bring the unit to an all time high,” he said.
Col. Ware ended by thanking the great leaders, Soldiers, and civilians who supported him along the way, and leaving things a bit open for his own future. His future assignment is to the Joint Staff in the Pentagon to serve as the operational contracting support director.