Lt. Col. Amy Cory assumes command at Sierra Army Depot during the July 20 Change of Command Ceremony. She takes over command from Lt. Col. Russell E. Henry. Photos by Makenzie Freedman

Lt. Col. Amy Cory takes command at Sierra Army Depot

Lieutenant Colonel Amy M. Cory assumed command at Sierra Army Depot following the Tuesday, July 20 Change of Command Ceremony.

Corey is the 43rd Sierra Army Depot commander and the first female commander in the 79-year history of the Depot.

Lt. Col. Amy Cory is the 43rd commander at Sierra Army Depot and the first female commander in the 79-year history of the depot.

“I have been nothing but impressed of your skills, commitment and passion for the work you do every day. You are an integral part of the U.S. Army’s strategic readiness,” Cory said of the Sierra Army Depot team Tuesday. “I am privileged to share in Sierra’s rich history and promising future alongside of you, and I do not take lightly that which I have been entrusted.”

During the Change of Command ceremony, outgoing Commander, Lt. Col. Russell E. Henry, relinquished the Sierra Army Depot colors to Major General Darren L. Werner, Commanding General, US Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, who then entrusted the colors to incoming Commander Cory.

As he spoke, outgoing commander Henry showed his appreciation for the Sierra Army Depot team, supporters, his family and friends.

“Team Sierra, it was an absolute privilege to serve as your 42nd commander,” Henry said.

“Sierra Army Depot’s most critical assets have, and will always be, our people. Our dedicated workforce, our community, and of course our teammates and our families — all who are extremely important parts of Team Sierra … The gold mine is here, and the gold is our people,” he said.

Outgoing commander Lt. Col. Russell E. Henry thanks the “gold mine” — the people of Sierra Army Depot.

He added his welcome to Cory, saying, “Her resume, as you heard, far exceeds mine. She is absolutely the right person at the right time for this job.”

Werner commended the work done by Henry, and welcomed Cory to the position.

“Lt. Col. Cory, you have my confidence as you take command of the Sierra team today,” Werner said after listing her impressive track record. “I know that you will guide your team successfully, setting successful goals to keep our war fighters equipped, and adapt to new challenges and obstacles as they arise.”

To Henry, he recognized the work done in the past two year’s under his watch.

“The team is truly better off because of your leadership, and you are right: It is a gold mine. To you, Russell, we are really proud of your accomplishments. Sierra has never looked better,” Werner said.

During the ceremony, Cory thanked her family, including her husband, Mark, children, Katherine and Seth, and her parents for their support for her and the Army family. She also recognized key figures throughout her career and thanked Henry and his wife, Desiree, for their hospitality in the transition.

As a token of appreciation, mementos were given to the families of Henry and Cory.

 

Lt. Col. Amy M. Cory

Lieutenant Colonel Amy M. Cory was born in Kansas City, Kansas.  She graduated from the College of the Ozarks in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice and received her commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps, later transitioning to the Ordnance Corps. LTC Cory received her Masters of Arts in Management from Webster University in 2013. Her military education includes the Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Her previous assignments include: Evacuation Platoon Leader, Echo Company, 204th Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Company Executive Officer, Charlie Company, 204th Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Battalion Adjutant, 204th Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Battalion Operations Officer, 73d Ordnance Battalion, Fort Gordon, Georgia; Headquarters and Alpha Company Commander, 73d Ordnance Battalion, Fort Gordon, Georgia; Contracting Officer’s Representative, 2-401st Army Field Support Battalion, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Mid-Missouri Recruiting Company Commander, Kansas City Recruiting Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Battalion Executive Officer, 725th Support Battalion, 4-25 Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Support Operations Officer, 725th Support Battalion, 4-25 Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Senior Instructor, Army School of Logistic Operations, Australian Logistic Training Centre, Bandiana, Victoria, Australia; Instructor, Department of Logistics and Resource Operations, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Commander, U.S. Student Detachment, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Her deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom I, Operation Iraqi Freedom IV, Operation New Dawn (Kuwait) and Kosovo Force 19.

Her awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 3 Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon Numeral 5, the NATO Medal, the Recruiter’s Badge and the Parachutist Badge. LTC Cory successfully completed the Jumpmaster Course in 2017.

She is married to Mark Cory of Ames, Iowa; they have two children, Katherine, 13, and Seth, 9.