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Officer promoted at Letterkenny Army Depot

April 04, 2001

Officer promoted at Letterkenny Army Depot



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Letterkenny Army Depot officer was promoted to the rank of major at a ceremony at the installation last week.

Col. Robert W. English III, commanding officer of the depot, implemented the orders Friday that promoted Capt. James P. Ross to major.

Promotion ceremonies have become increasingly rare at the depot in recent years, due in part to reductions in force there.

Ross, 32, has served since 1999 as a contracting officer at Letterkenny, and recently negotiated the contract for the Patriot Radar RECAP parts with Raytheon.

He will leave Letterkenny this summer to attend the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

Ross is active in the community as the vice president of the Chambersburg Little League, a member of the Knights of Columbus and a Sunday School teacher at Corpus Christi Church.

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A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Ross was commissioned into the Army in 1990 as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery.

His first assignment was as a fire direction officer in Germany. His platoon had the honor of firing the last 8-inch howitzer round in Germany, before the unit redeployed to the United States as part of the drawdown of forces, and 8-inch artillery was taken out of the active inventory.

He later had several assignments at Fort Sill, Okla., including overseeing personnel and administrative actions in the Artillery Training Center and commanding a unit that provided instruction for all cannon crew members entering the Army.

Before coming to Letterkenny, Ross was chosen for the Army Acquisition Corps as a contracting officer. He began study at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Ca., in the acquisition and procurement curriculum. He graduated with a 3.9 GPA and earned the Army Acquisition Corps Award for being the top AAC graduate at the school.

His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with two oak leafs, the National Defense Service Medal and Overseas Service Ribbon. He is airborne and air assault qualified. He became a Certified Professional Contracts Manager, a professional certification in the contracting field for both military and civilians, in 2000.

Ross and his wife, Leslie, have three children, Ryan, 7, Matthew, 5, and Kevin, 2.

He is the son of Jim and Louise Ross of Trenton, N.J.

- Stacey Danzuso

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