CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Col. Robert A. Swenson ended his two-year command of Letterkenny Army Depot and his 27 years of military service with high praise Friday as the command was handed over to Col. Steven A. Shapiro.
"I think Letterkenny is the best job a colonel can have," said Swenson, 48. "Although I'm no longer a part of Letterkenny, it will always be a part of me."
"Under Swenson, the depot has turned into a world-class facility," said Maj. Gen. James R. Myles of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command.
Myles also said Letterkenny has grown in size, increased in efficiency and become more solvent under Swenson's leadership.
In 2005, there were 2,700 government employees and contractors working at the depot, and the number now is more than 3,000, according to depot figures.