LTC Dustin G. Bishop was handed control of the Hawthorne Army Depot at the change of command ceremony Wednesday.

The Hawthorne Army Depot held their annual change of command presentation on Wednesday, June 20.

Outgoing commander, LTC Scott Bishop handed over control of the depot to incoming commander, LTC Dustin G. Bishop.

LTC Dustin G. Bishop joins the Hawthorne Army Depot, assuming the position from his previous assignment in Plans and Exercises Division of the United States Southern Command Logistics Directorate, which he began on Oct. 1, 2014.

In that position, LTC Dustin G. Bishop provided strategic direction on all logistical matters to the command deliberate, crisis action and operational planning efforts.

His planning efforts guided and supported the work of four Service Components, a sub-unified command, three standing Joint Task Forces and twenty five Security Cooperation Offices operating in 45 nations and territories. LTC Dustin G. Bishop additionally coordinated with partners from other government agencies and the private sector in order to facilitate logistical support within the Southern Command area of responsibilities.

He is a native of Hot Springs, Ark. and received his commission after graduating from the ROTC program at the University of Arkansas in 2001. Prior to his commissioning as a Multi-Functioning Logistics Officer, LTC Dustin G. Bishop served in the U.S. Army as an enlisted soldier for four years in the Medical Service Corps with duty at Fort Rucker, Ala.

Prior to taking command of the Hawthorne Army Depot, LTC Dustin G. Bishop had a pre-command orientation at Joint Munitions Command (JMC) in Redstone Arsenal, Ala. in prepare him and other leaders of their upcoming missions within the ammo enterprise.

The orientation was opened with Rhonda VanDeCasteele, JMC Executive Direction who stated, “Everyone here is dedicated professionals that know what they are doing and so you should trust that they will give you the help that you need.”

The attendees were provided with detailed welcome packages, installation specific packages and pre-command orientation point of contact information for use while in command.

Col. Milton Kelly, JMC Chief of Staff, opened the meeting with the following remarks, “The reason why we do this orientation is to give everybody a basic understanding [of the JMC mission] and to bring everyone together.”

The three day training course/meeting covers such topics as: meeting of senior leaders; planning; operations; intelligence; command responsibilities; budget/finance and legal orientation.

VanDeCasteele explained, “we are here to help you get started to understand the basics of how we are organized and answer any questions you may have.”

LTC Dustin G. Bishop comes in with a long list of assignments including: 603rd Transportation Company, 142nd Corps Support Battalion, Warrior Brigade, Ft. Polk, La. where he served as platoon leader; Battalion S1 and Movement Control Team Commander. Other assignments include duty with the 15th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas where he served as the Support Operations Transportation Battle Captain and the Fox Forward Support Company Commander, 1-8 Combined Arms Battalion, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division. In the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., he served as the Division Deputy G4, the Brigade S4 for 3rd Brigade Combat Team and finally as the Executive Officer for 626 Brigade Support Battalion of the 3rd Brigade. The lieutenant colonel’s deployments include three combat tours to Operation Iraqi Freedom and one to Afghanistan.

LTC Dustin G. Bishop is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Joint Forces Staff College, the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course and the Transportation Officer Basic Course. He holds a Master in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (fourth award), Meritorious Service Medal (second award), Army Commendation Medal (fourth award), Army Achievement Award (second award) and the Air Assault Badge.

He is the father of Maya and Jake.

Outgoing LTC Scott Bishop will be stationed at Fort Knox, Ky. which is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year. He will be joined by his family. Bishop assumed control of the Hawthorne Army Depot on June 30, 2016. His involvement with the community includes participating in such annual events as the 9/11 Mt. Grant Challenge and the Armed Forces Day committee.

The Independent-News covered the change of command ceremony but due to printing deadlines, the information will be in next week’s edition.