ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- Team Anniston, it is with great difficulty that I write my final TRACKS column.

It has been a whirlwind these last two years. As I said when I assumed command, Anniston Army Depot will continue to be the best in the business.

With a huge Alabama connection, it was an honor to relocate to this great state.

As my family and I began to settle in, we were immediately embraced by you and the community. I want to thank you for the support extended to me.

As I move on, I have no doubt that you will do the same as another great Soldier, COL Brent Bolander takes the helm.

You have an incredible reputation around the world.

Your dedication and knowledge precede you. And the customers are depending on you.

You are surrounded by the most capable, most patriotic and hardest working professionals.

Whether depot, tenant or partners, these are the people who endure the heat, cold and other conditions to ensure our military has the best possible combat vehicles, weapons, artillery and components.

I am proud you and your accomplishments.

The depot has survived 71 years and I believe we are posturing ourselves for years to come.

With the investments we made in our infrastructure -- the opening of the Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Small Arms Repair Facility and the Powertrain Transmission Facility -- we are on the positioning ourselves for decades to come.

Despite the challenges we've faced, I commend you for remaining focused without losing sight of our mission.

As I leave the command post, I am fortunate to have served as your commander for two years.

This is not goodbye; that is too final.

My family and I will reside in northern region of the state, so I know that we will see each other again.

May God continue to bless each of you, this depot, the Army and our nation.