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Change of Command at PBA occurs

“You all played your positions well,” said outgoing commander of the Pine Bluff Arsenal (PBA), Colonel Franz J. Amann, to his Arsenal team Tuesday morning at the Change of Command ceremony there.

Amann relinquished command to Colonel David L. Musgrave and thanked the Arsenal team, his family, his office personnel, and the community for its “unwavering support.”

“I know you will quickly fall in love with Pine Bluff Arsenal,” Amann said to Musgrave and his wife, Anita.

Patricia Huber, Deputy to the Commander, U.S. Joint Munitions Command (JMC), who officiated the ceremony, cited several significant accomplishments of the Arsenal under the direction of Amann, including the safety record and the completion of the chemical weapons disposal.

“This is a tribute to the team,” said Huber, adding a special recognition to Amann’s wife, Mary, who has volunteered often at the Arsenal.

The Amanns are headed to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, where he will be the Chief of Staff of the Joint Elimination Coordination Element, a STRATCOM organization.

Huber said Amann will be leaving “big boots to fill” and Musgrave is the right person to lead in this “critical time” of Army transition as PBA plays a “vital role in JMC.”

Musgrave’s command positions include E Company, 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Training Brigade, Fort Knox, Kentucky, and the Blue Grass Chemical Activity, Chemical Material Agency in Richmond, Kentucky. In his most recent Joint/Combat assignment he served as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General for U.S. Forces Iraq, OPERATION NEW DAWN.

“Today is a special day,” Musgrave said. “Not just for the Musgraves, but for the Amanns. I know you will be missed.”

“It is a distinct honor to accept the reigns of Pine Bluff Arsenal,” added Musgrave, who will be the Arsenal’s 35th commander. “Anita and I accept the torch.”