CHAMBERSBURG (Aug. 17, 2019) — Col. Gregory Gibbons succeeded Col. Stephen Ledbetter as commander of Letterkenny Army Depot on Thursday.
Gibbons accepted the Letterkenny flag and the responsibility of command from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command‘s Executive Deputy to the Commanding General William Marriott.
Gibbons is the depot’s 50th commander. He said he looks forward to serving with the Letterkenny team.
“My goal is to listen and learn as much as I can from you- the experts, and to build upon the depot’s 77-year legacy of maintaining Army readiness and supporting the warfighter as the center of excellence for air and missile defense,” Gibbons said.
Marriott said the success of today’s Army is “dependent on the quality of its leaders.”
“Colonel Gibbons brings a track record of excellence to this organization,” Marriott said.
Gibbons previously served as the Acting Deputy Chief of Staff, Combat Service Support for the NATO Rapid Deployment Corps in Istanbul, Turkey.
Ledbetter assumed command in 2017. Under his leadership, Letterkenny was recognized for several efforts to include its support of the European Deterrence Initiative with the completion of the Avenger 72 program and the success of the first direct partnership with the Missile Defense Agency.
“I will miss being a part of the Letterkenny family but I know you all will continue to excel, doing what you do best for the Army and for the Nation,” Ledbetter said.
Letterkenny Army Depot is the premier depot for air defense missile systems, route clearance vehicles and mobile electric power generation equipment.
The depot was established in 1942 and is a government-owned and operated industrial installation located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Its industrial facilities reside in over 18,000 government-owned acres.
Letterkenny is Franklin County’s second-largest employer, with well over 6,000 employees, most of them filling civilian defense industry jobs.