Col. Elmer Speights Jr. assumed command of U.S. Army Garrison on the Rock Island Arsenal in a ceremony this morning.
Col. Speights is the first active military member to hold that position in more than four years. The change comes on the heels of across the board cuts to the Department of Defense.
Colonel Speights says his experience will help the arsenal move forward.
"Having a military instead of civilian led leadership here in the Garrison, it matches what the Arsenal looks like," Col. Speights said. "That helps us attack both sides on the outside of what we're looking for, more military support as well as more civilian support."
As Garrison commander, Col. Speights will be responsible for day-to-day activities.
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