Chemical operation sees last change of command
ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — Workers who have overseen the storage and transport of Anniston's chemical weapons bid farewell to the last military commander to lead the Anniston Chemical Activity before the organization shuts down.
The Anniston Star reports (http://bit.ly/NlO5as ) that an hour-long ceremony was held Thursday to mark the occasion at the Anniston Army Depot.
Lt. Col. Willie J. Flucker turned the reins over to Jesse Brown III, a civilian who has worked as the facility's deputy in charge for the past nine years and will now oversee the agency's final year and closure operations.
Brown pledged to oversee the end of the organization with safety, efficiency and professionalism in mind.
Since the last of the chemical munitions were destroyed in September 2011, chemical activity employees have been focused on cleaning and inspecting earthen bunkers where the weapons were stored, even as closure proceedings have meant dwindling staff numbers.
Information from: The Anniston Star, http://www.annistonstar.com/