Col. Michael W. Cobb, left, takes command of the Pueblo Chemical Depot from Col. Christopher A. Grice, right, as Col. Kelso C. Horne III, U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity director, center, oversees a change of command ceremony June 26 at the Depot. Col. Cobb becomes the Depot’s 38th commanding officer.
Col. Christopher A. Grice, left, turns over command of the Pueblo Chemical Depot to Col. Michael W. Cobb, right, as Col. Kelso C. Horne III, U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity director, center, oversees a change of command ceremony June 26 at the Depot. Col. Cobb becomes the Depot’s 38th commanding officer.
Col. Michael W. Cobb, center, new commander of the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot, greets Dr. Charles Ball, deputy assistant secretary of defense for threat reduction and arms control, right, and Irene Kornelly, chair, Colorado Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission, left.
Mr. Michael S. Abaie, program executive officer, Assembled Chemical Weapons alternatives, left, welcomes Col. Michael W. Cobb, right, as new commander of the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot.
The 38th commander of the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Deport assumed command of the sprawling, high desert installation June 26.
“On my multiple visits to the depot, which have been instrumental in preparing me for my new role, I’ve been impressed with the professionalism and dedication of the depot workforce,” said Col. Michael W. Cobb. “I am humbled and honored to lead the PCD team, work hand in hand with the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant and enable our workforce to succeed in the coming years.”
Col. Kelso C. Horne III, director, U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity, presided over the ceremony held to welcome Col. Cobb to the post.
“I have great confidence that under Col. Cobb’s leadership, PCD will continue to provide world-class support to PEO ACWA’s (Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives) destruction mission, and will continue the progress toward our nation’s goal of safe chemical stockpile elimination,” Col. Horne said.
Col. Cobb’s previous assignment was as the Interagency Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear officer and section chief for the Plans, Policy and Operations Section, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Washington, D.C., office.