News: Pendergrass assumes Eastern command
BOSTON — Historic Faneuil Hall was the backdrop for a ceremony here, May 11, as Navy Capt. Russell G. Pendergrass assumed command of the Defense Contract Management Agency Eastern Regional Command. Richard H. Fanney, DCMA deputy chief operations officer, presided over the ceremony.
“I am thrilled to be back with DCMA,” said Pendergrass, who oversaw a four-state area while commanding DCMA Denver from 2003 to 2006.
Pendergrass brings to the command 37 years of Reserve and active duty Navy supply and acquisition experience, as well as 15 years of experience in private industry contracting. As head of Eastern Regional Command he now oversees contract management offices dispersed from New England to Florida, employing more than 3,000 DCMA civilians and more than 150 active duty military personnel.
In his remarks, Pendergrass drew together his past experience with DCMA and the resiliency of wounded warriors he met in his most recent assignment in Bethesda, Md. “My assignment as the commander of DCMA Denver helped me to appreciate the role that we play in helping these warfighters. I have seen first-hand the impact that we can have.”
Fanney, himself a retired Navy captain, received the agency flag from outgoing commander Navy Capt. Sidney J. Kim before turning to present the flag to Pendergrass.
Kim led the Eastern Regional Command since the agency’s 2010 realignment. He will rejoin the operational Navy fleet as the senior logistician for the U.S. Third Fleet in San Diego.
“I am grateful to have worked with 17 wonderful primary CMO commands that have demonstrated tremendous team spirit,” said Kim, “and very dedicated commanders and deputies who have maintained maximum flexibility and patience as we navigate through arduous realignment phases.”
“I am honored to follow Capt. Sidney Kim as the commander of Defense Contract Management Agency Eastern Regional Command,” said Pendergrass.
Date Posted:06.26.2012 11:33
Location:BOSTON, MA, US
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