Letterkenny Army Depot has new commander


Photo by Pam Goodhart, Letterkenny Army Depot

Col. Deacon Maddox accepts the Letterkenny colors from AMCOM commander Maj. Gen. James Richardson as outgoing commander Col. Victor Hagan looks on during Friday’s ceremony. Maddox succeeds Col. Victor Hagan. Maddox is the depot’s 48th commander.

By JANET GARDNER
Letterkenny Public Affairs

LETTERKENNY ARMY DEPOT, Pa. – Colonel Deacon Maddox succeeded Colonel Victor Hagan as commander of Letterkenny Army Depot in a ceremony Friday, August 7, 2015.

Maddox accepted the Letterkenny flag and the responsibility of command from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command’s Commanding General Maj. Gen. James Richardson. Maddox is the depot’s 48th commander.

Held in front of the Headquarters building at the depot, the ceremony featured an Army Materiel Command band and color guard and was attended by a large contingency of local officials, family, friends and depot employees.

Hagan became the commander at Letterkenny in August 2012. Under Hagan’s leadership, Letterkenny was recognized for manufacturing excellence and making improvements in its industrial facilities, safety trends and environmental practices.

“Every day I am impressed by the technical skills and professionalism of our workforce,” Hagan said. “The Army has been in a state of change in the last three years.  In this short period of time, our workforce had to deal with sequestration, furloughs, hiring freezes and reductions in workload. But not once did they lose sight of our ultimate mission to provide the best equipment and support possible to the greatest Warfighters in the world.” Hagan also expressed his gratitude to the depot employees, and said he was honored to serve as their commander.

"This change of command is a bittersweet event,” said Maj. Gen. Richardson.  On one hand, we are losing Col. Vic Hagen; an amazing leader and logistician that has dedicated himself to this Depot and the local community for these past 2 years.  On the other hand, the depot is gaining a new leader in Col. Deacon Maddox.  He is the right officer to lead this amazing depot into the future; he has the perfect blend of education, experience and personal drive.
 
Richardson said the Letterkenny Army Depot plays a critical role in the national defense, and it will continue to play that role for many years to come.  “The heart and soul of this depot is the extremely talented workforce, whose skill and dedication to supporting this nation are unmatched anywhere on the planet.  It was truly an honor to preside over this time honored tradition."

“This is a good news story, and I feel right at home in Chambersburg,” Maddox said as he welcomed the members of his family and the community. “I grew up in Strasburg, Va., just an hour’s drive from the depot. The Shenandoah Valley is very similar to the Cumberland Valley, and I am excited to become part of this community.”

Maddox said that he was looking forward to bringing his Army logistics’ expertise to Letterkenny and working with the depot’s highly skilled artisans.

Letterkenny Army Depot is the premier depot for air defense missile systems, tactical missile ground support equipment, and mobile electric power generation equipment. The depot was established in 1941 and is the top employer in Franklin County, fueling an economic engine that propels more than a quarter-billion dollars annually into the region through payroll, contracts, and retiree annuities.


 

 

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