Col. Cheri A. Provancha relinquished the title of commander to Col. Victor S. Hagan, who becomes the depot’s 47th commanding officer.
Nearly 300 elected officials, business leaders, soldiers, depot employees, and family and friends of honorees attended the ceremony.
“This marks a new era of leadership for Letterkenny,” said Major General Lynn A. Collyar, commanding general of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command.
During Provancha’s three years leading Letterkenny, Collyar praised her excellent leadership skills.
“You’ll see around the depot her legacy, and it will be here for a long time,” he said. “Cheri has done some amazing things with the depot.”
Not only has Provancha built a stronger Letterkenny, but she’s built it for today’s competitive commercial marketplace, Collyar said.
“Cheri has done a magnificent job on making sure that today’s work is done properly and ensuring that tomorrow’s work is available to keep the work force employed, to keep the lines full and keep the execution of what the soldiers need going back to them because that’s what it’s all about,” he said.
Provancha took command at Letterkenny in September 2009. She will become the III Corps Chief of Logistics at Fort Hood, Texas.
Hagan most recently served as the director of the Washington office of the Pentagon for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command.
“You have a great legacy to follow,” Collyar said. “You have a great work force, a great team and you have a great community to support you. I think you’re going to do wonders here.”
Provancha addressed the crowd, trying to characterize her command at Letterkenny.
“Man, what a ride,” she said. “The last few years have been fantastic.”
When she took command, Provancha said she had two main goals — to shift the focus to the work force and to ensure longevity of the depot.
“I’m very proud of the fact that we’ve made some significant strides and accomplished some significant things in the last three years to pursue these goals,” she said.
She saved her final words for her successor.
“The efforts to take care of our work force is a never-ending one,” Provancha said. “I urge you to stay on the path because they will not let you down. Focus on the people, and they will make miracles happen.”
Hagan commended Provancha for the outstanding leadership she provided the depot and helping make his transition a smooth one.
“You have gone above and beyond the call of duty,” Hagan said.
Hagan said he plans to visit all of the workers in the depot over the next few weeks to learn from them how to improve upon the current successes.
In addition, he said he will meet with community leaders and business partners to strengthen current relationships and build new ones.
“I look forward to the challenge of commanding the depot,” Hagan said. “I want to make this depot a model for the rest of the Army. Letterkenny is and will remain the depot of choice of industry and government.”