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DSMC Change Of Command
                           Deputy Under Secy Preston Passes DSMC Colors to
                           New Commandant, Brig. Gen. Richard A. Black, USA
                                                  NORENE L. BLANCH


        rig. Gen. Richard A. Black,              Thomas M. Crean, President of the                 tion process. General Black,” she con-



B       USA, became the 13th Com-
        mandant of the Defense Sys-
        tems Management College
        (DSMC) on March 28, 1996,
in a ceremony conducted at Howell
Auditorium, DSMC’s Fort Belvoir cam-
pus. He succeeds Brig. Gen. Claude M.
                                                 Defense Acquisition University; and
                                                 Dr. James McMichael, Director of
                                                 Acquisition, Education, Training, and
                                                 Career Development.

                                                 Preston’s Opening Remarks
                                                 Reflecting on the challenges he con-
                                                                                                   tinued, “comes in behind him to carry
                                                                                                   on that tradition and to deal with a lot
                                                                                                   of additional initiatives that will be
                                                                                                   coming his way. DSMC is crucial in
                                                                                                   that role in the sense that it is our cen-
                                                                                                   ter of excellence, not only within DoD,
                                                                                                   but within the federal government, as
Bolton, Jr., USAF, Commandant since              fronted and met, and the many accom-              well — a fact that has become increas-
March 25, 1993.                                  plishments he instituted during his               ingly more obvious throughout the
                                                 three years of leadership at DSMC,                world. This institution is looked to as
Mrs. Colleen Preston, Deputy Under               Preston emphasized his leadership                 the center of excellence for program
Secretary of Defense for Acquisition             qualities by stating, “General Bolton             management education, training and
Reform, provided the opening remarks             has been here presiding over the                  research...”
and officiated at the change of com-             school during a period of intense revo-
mand. Also in attendance were Mr.                lutionary change through the acquisi-                     Continued on page 30




FROM LEFT: DSMC COMMANDANT, BRIG. GEN. CLAUDE M. BOLTON, JR., USAF, STANDS AT ATTENTION AS DEPUTY UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR ACQUISITION
REFORM, COLLEEN PRESTON, PASSES THE DSMC COLORS TO INCOMING COMMANDANT, BRIG. GEN. RICHARD A. BLACK, USA.

Photos by Richard Mattox                                                                                     PM : MAY-JUNE 1996                27
     Continued from page 27               acquisition workforce so that they, in     changes that will make the institution
                                          turn, can perform their jobs with the      better...The College has been doing
                                          utmost precision and dexterity.”           this and must continue to do this. We
                                                                                     at DSMC must be prepared, leaning
At the conclusion of her remarks, Lt.     Change of Command                          forward, not knowing which young
Col. John Mahony, USA, Executive          In accordance with military tradition,     acquisition manager is going to be
Officer to the new Commandant,            Bolton passed the colors, the DSMC         putting the critical weapon system in
called the audience to order, at which    flag, to Preston representing the relin-   the hands of soldiers just in time, be it
time Preston presented Bolton with        quishment of Command. She, in turn,        an airplane, be it a ship, a missile, a
the Defense Distinguished Service         passed the colors to Black represent-      radio, or a rifle.”
Medal.                                    ing the assumption of Command of
                                          the College.                               Reception
Bolton Challenges DSMC                                                               At the culmination of the ceremony,
Speaking to the DSMC audience for         In his new capacity as DSMC Com-           Black and Bolton received former
the last time in his position as DSMC     mandant, Black then addressed the          Commandants, family, and friends at a
Commandant, Bolton presented two          audience, focusing on change and           reception held at Building 184, DSMC
challenges to DSMC’s faculty and staff.   preparation of the acquisition profes-     campus.
He first challenged the College to pro-   sional. He referred to DSMC as the
vide Black with the same dedicated        premier school in the world for            Bolton departed the campus on March
support that he had received over the     defense acquisition. In addition, he       28, 1996, and Black reported for his
past three years. As his second chal-     emphasized the importance of internal      first full day as Commandant on
lenge he stated, “This challenge is for   flexibility by stating, “When external     March 29, 1996.
each of you to pledge to make yourself    changes occur at such a rapid pace,
personally responsible and account-       the challenge to any academic institu-
able to provide the best quality educa-   tion is not to keep up, but to be the
tion for the men and women of our         proponent for the necessary internal             IT TAKES A BIG SWORD TO CUT A BIG
                                                                                           CAKE! CUTTING THE CAKE AT A RECEP-
                                                                                           TION FOLLOWING THE CHANGE OF
                                                                                           COMMAND WERE FROM LEFT: MRS.
                                                                                           BLACK; BRIG. GEN. BLACK; MRS.
                                                                                           PRESTON; BRIG. GEN. BOLTON; AND
                                                                                           MRS. BOLTON.




30   PM : MAY-JUNE 1996

				
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