ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. - Anniston Defense Munitions Center has a new commander. Lt. Col. Randall DeLong assumed command of the center during a change of command ceremony here July 27.

DeLong has served 21 years in the Army and comes to Anniston from Fort Bragg, N.C., where he last served as the distribution integration branch chief with 1st Theater Sustainment Command. Coming to ADMC is not his first job in Anniston: He began his Army career at Fort McClellan about 20 years ago when he reported to Officer Basic Course as a second lieutenant.

He takes command of ADMC from Lt. Col. Duncan MacMullen, who is retiring from the Army with 22 years of service.

MacMullen began his tour at ADMC on Sept. 25, 2008. ADMC and the Army said farewell to MacMullen during a retirement ceremony before the change of command.

DeLong praised MacMullen's leadership and relationship with the community. "My challenge will be to strive to maintain the world-class organization Duncan is handing over to me today and attempt to build it even stronger," he said.

For the last two years, MacMullen and his team at ADMC have pursued new efforts to ensure ADMC is poised to meet short- and long-term requirements of the agencies and service members the organization supports.

Some of the most notable accomplishments under MacMullen's reign include: ADMC's capability to recycle missiles graduated from pilot status to organic; ADMC was recognized for its 650-plus continuous days of no lost time accidents; and ADMC successfully demilitarized the last DRAGON missile in the Army inventory.

MacMullen was also responsible for preparing ADMC for a major change in the way it does business. The center, along with Anniston Army Depot's equipment maintenance operations, is slated to implement the Army's Logistics Modernization Program in October.

"I've had the great pleasure of working with a group of truly dedicated professionals who make up the backbone of our nation's military might," said MacMullen. "I am confident ADMC will succeed in meeting the challenges of the missile and munitions enterprise with the competent leadership of Lt. Col. DeLong."

Blue Grass Army Depot Commander Col. Brian Rogers presided over the ceremony. Under the Army's Joint Munitions Command, Kentucky's BGAD has command and control of ADMC.

"The ADMC Team is a model munitions activity which is respected throughout the Army. This respect was earned because of the leaders' and employees' commitment to excellence. You are truly the best that America has to offer," said Rogers.

ADMC, a tenant on the depot, provides receipt, storage, shipment, maintenance, inspection, demilitarization and recycling of conventional ammunition and missiles in support of the joint warfighter.

With approximately 145 government civilians, the organization has been in existence in its current state since 1998 when it stood up its operations for the first time as a major tenant activity under the name Anniston Munitions Center. Before then, the same operations were being conducted under the installation commander in the depot's Directorate of Ammunition.