Sierra Army Depot gets new commander July 26
Butler will be retiring from military service and returning to his hometown, near Detroit, Mich.
Public affairs officer Lori McDonald said until the ceremony, Butler is still in charge of all the day-to-day operations of the Depot.
“It’s officially called the passing of the unit colors,” McDonald said. “Colonel Schiller can’t assume command until the end of the ceremony.”
Butler will not be responsible for any base operations once the ceremony is complete.
McDonald said after the ceremony, Butler will stay behind to talk with those present, say his goodbyes, and then leave, ending his responsibility as the depot’s sole military official.
McDonald said Schiller is already on the base discussing what he will be come in charge of. She said he should fill in Butler’s shoes nicely, and will be extremely beneficial in improving the medical assets and materials on the base.
“The military has branches everyone is assigned to,” McDonald said. “Colonel Butler is ordnance,” McDonald said. “Colonel Schiller is assigned to the medical corps, and he will be more than knowledgeable in that aspect of our operation of military medical materials and assets, such as our reserve hospital.”
McDonald said she wasn’t sure if they were going to be expanding the medical materials operation now that Schiller will be assuming command.
Schiller just came from working as the Deputy Commander for Administration at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center in Fort MGeorge G. Meade, Md.
Butler will have served a normal tour as commander, part of his 20 years of service in the U.S. Army.
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