JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (June 23, 2021) -- Members of the 904th Contracting Battalion and Mission and Installation Contracting Command welcomed their new commander during a change of command ceremony June 17 at Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Lt. Col. Devin Hammond assumed command of the battalion from Lt. Col. Torrionne Reche' in a ceremony officiated by Col. James Craig, the 419th Contracting Support Brigade commander from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Craig applauded Reche' for his leadership and care for his unit that were instrumental to the success of a battalion with a multi-faceted mission and a multi-million dollar portfolio with deployed Soldiers all over the globe. Craig next welcomed Hammond and his family to the brigade and praised him as an incredible leader with global experience who will champion the mantra of “people first” to deliver the power of Army contracting.
“Lieutenant Colonel Hammond will challenge each of our Soldiers to maximize their potential,” Craig said. “He will cultivate within our entire workforce a vision of excellence and inspire every 904th member to live their legacy as we provide what our civilians and Soldiers need to be successful.”
Hammond comes to the 904th CBN after serving as the acquisition branch chief in the International Engagement and Acquisition Division of the Logistics and Engineering Directorate at North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado.
During the ceremony, Hammond said he is honored to join the 419th CSB and 904th CBN and stands ready to provide worldwide contracting support to the warfighter as they confront any challenges facing the Army.
“Today marks a new chapter in leadership for MICC-Fort Stewart and the 904th Contracting Battalion, but the excellence will continue on as it always has,” Hammond said. “When Lieutenant Colonel Reche' and I visited leadership across the division and garrison. Every time we would ask if there was anything we could improve upon, the answer came back ‘no, everything is working great.’ This was great to hear, and it speaks volumes of the team here. I look forward to furthering this support to 3rd Infantry Division.”
Hammond entered the Army at Fort Benning, Georgia, in April 1998. He served a combined three years of active enlisted military service in both 1st Ranger Battalion and the 101st Pathfinder Company. After his enlistment, he transferred to the Virginia Army National Guard where he served until August 2002 as a team leader in the 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry, 29th Infantry Division.
He received his commission in the U.S. Army Infantry in 2004. Hammond assessed into the acquisition corps in 2013.
Hammond has held a variety of assignments of increasing responsibility at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. Those include acquisition assignments with the 734th CBN at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the 921st CBN in Hawaii, where he served as the 617th Contracting Team leader as well as the deputy division chief for the supply, logistics readiness center, IT and Kwajalein division. Hammond deployed as a warranted contracting officer in support of Khaan Quest 18 in Mongolia. Following this exercise, he served as the chief of support operations and as executive officer for the 921st CBN.
Reche' departed to serve as the contracting support operations chief at the 414th CSB at Vicenza, Italy.
The tradition of changes of command is rooted in military history dating back to the 18th century when organizational flags with colors and symbols unique to each unit were developed. During a change of command conducted in front of the unit, the organizational flag is passed to the individual assuming command to which Soldiers of the unit would dedicate their loyalty and trust.
About the MICC
Headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command consists of about 1,300 military and civilian members who are responsible for contracting goods and services in support of Soldiers as well as readying trained contracting units for the operating force and contingency environment when called upon. As part of its mission, MICC contracts are vital in feeding more than 200,000 Soldiers every day, providing many daily base operations support services at installations, facilitate training in the preparation of more than 100,000 conventional force members annually, training more than 500,000 students each year, and maintaining more than 14.4 million acres of land and 170,000 structures.