In her final town hall meeting April 12 at Hunter Auditorium, Lt. Col. Kari K. Otto, U.S. Army Garrison-Natick commander, recognized the hard work of garrison employees and outlined a busy upcoming schedule for the installation.

"I just wanted to say thank you to everybody," said Otto, who will relinquish command June 10. "It's been a great three years. This is the last time we all congregate in this room, so thanks, guys."

Among the other major events on the Natick calendar, said Otto, are the Force Protection Exercise, Spring Cleanup, Safety Day, the Natick Soldier Systems Center change of command, the retirement of NSSC Sergeant Major John L. Poff, the Army Birthday, and the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine's 50th birthday celebration.

"I will tell you in the next three months, there are a ton of moving pieces," Otto said. "May is going to be exceptionally busy, and we just know that going in."

Otto began the town hall by presenting certificates to garrison employees who had completed five, 10, 15, 25 and 30 years of service to the U.S. government. She also presented a number of Special Act Awards and recognized new employees.