Pine Bluff Arsenal commander Col. David Musgrave gave his official farewell Wednesday during a Change of Command ceremony, which also served as the official welcome to incoming Commander Col. Chadwick T. Bauld.
Change your lead, but keep your roots intact, said keynote speaker Brig. Gen. Kristin K. French, commanding general, U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command.
“Today we change our lead,” she said.
French commended Musgrave for having demonstrated an unrelenting commitment to Pine Bluff during his two-year assignment.
Among the list of accolades, French credited Musgrave with helping the Pine Bluff Arsenal maintain the high standard that enables the facility to be a premiere provider of ammunitions. She credited his exemplary moral values, tireless efforts in securing new projects and maintenance of a quality work environment.
“I know your wife and children are as proud of your accomplishments as we are,” French said.
The mention of Musgrave’s wife, Anita, for her continuous support and countless volunteer hours met with a rousing round of applause.
“This has been an experience of a lifetime,” Musgrave said as he addressed the audience of distinguished military and civilian guests, which included Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth, White Hall Mayor Noel Foster and representatives from Gov. Mike Beebe’s office, Sen. Mark Pryor’s office and Sen. John Boozman’s office.
As Musgrave expressed his gratitude to his staff, comrades and the community, he said leaving the natural state and the relationships he has formed would not be easy. He also thanked his wife for contributing to those relationships, noting her trademark compassionate spirit that often extended beyond their immediate family.
Leaving arsenal personnel with his recipe for perpetual success, Musgrave said, “always see the glass half full … continue to take pride in your work, in your community and in yourself.”
Turning his attention to the arsenal’s new 36th commander, Musgrave — whose next assignment is chief of combating weapons of mass destruction at the Pentagon — wished Bauld the best as he “saddles up and moves on.”
A native of Burke, South Dakota, Bauld and his wife, Sabrina, have five children. He is a recent graduate of the U.S. Army War College and a highly decorated officer. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon (with Bronze Service Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal and the Joint Service Commendation Award.
French, introducing Bauld as an experienced and proven leader on many levels said, “He clearly understands the challenges ahead. The arsenal will continue to be in good hands.”
Bauld expressed his desire to build upon the level of excellence that has preceded him and said he looks forward to meeting everyone in the community.
“We have a lot of children, so we will be very involved,” he said.
A reception followed the ceremony.