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U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
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Date: July 13, 2004
No: 04-27

Soldier Systems Center holds change of command

NATICK, Mass. -- A change of command and change of responsibility ceremony in Hunter Auditorium July 7 welcomed a new commander at the Soldier Systems Center who now has three roles.

Brig. Gen. James R. Moran, Program Executive Officer Soldier in Fort Belvoir, Va., since April 2002, has taken on the additional responsibilities of Commander, Soldier Systems Center and Deputy Commanding General for Operations, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM).

Moran has replaced Col. David Bongi, who became the installation commander and acting Deputy Commanding General for Operations in October 2003. Bongi has transitioned to Deputy Commanding General of the Soldier Systems Center.

Moran recalled when he was asked by Lt. Gen. Joseph Yakovac if he could perform each of the roles. Moran said he could do each one, and then was told to do them at the same time.

“It’s an honor to be here today,” Moran told the work force and guests in attendance. “I need your help (in order to keep all these missions performing successfully). With your products, you’re saving Soldiers’ lives, improving their quality of life and improving their combat effectiveness. I’m proud to be a part of an organization committed to helping the warfighter.”

Doesburg said Moran is up to the task that is more than enough for one person.

“If you look at his past, he’s proven he can do it,” Doesburg said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better (Program Executive Officer), and because of that I’m confident in his ability as Senior Mission Commander and Deputy Commanding General for Operations. We’re not sure how it’s going to work, but he’s going to get it right.”

For his last assignment, Bongi received the Meritorious Service Medal for what he achieved during his time in the position, according to Doesburg. The role of Deputy Commanding General for Operations was driven by the war on terrorism.

“This is the fourth time I’ve changed command, and it never gets easy,” Bongi said. “You think about all the things you’ve accomplished and what you wanted to accomplish. You always go away thinking what you still would have liked to do.”

He said he’s enjoyed his time here so far and as a 23-year infantry veteran, appreciates the accomplishments of the work force as a consumer of products developed here.

“You’re doing something for the Soldier every day, and I really mean it,” he said. “When it comes to supporting the warfighter, you do that better than anyone.”

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This page last updated on 23 January 2004.