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August 23, 2013

ISEC changes command, former commander moves to NETCOM

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Maranda Flynn
Staff Writer

Col. Kris Kramarich, outgoing commander, United States Army Information Systems Engineering Command, passes the guidon to Maj. Gen. Robert Ferrell, commanding general, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, relinquishing her duties, during the change of command ceremony, Aug. 15 at Greely Hall.

Officers of the United States Army Information Systems Engineering Command, or ISEC, transferred leadership during the change of command ceremony in the Greely Hall auditorium, Aug. 15.

In preparation for what is most likely the easiest move of her military career – right down the hall from her current assignment – outgoing Commander Col. Kris Kramarich relinquished command of ISEC to incoming Commander Col. Patrick Kerr.

Maj. Gen. Robert Ferrell, commanding general, Communications-Electronics Command, presided over the ceremony. Following his recognition of the outgoing and incoming commander’s Family and distinguished guests of honor, Ferrell expressed his pride in the work Kramarich has put forth for ISEC.

“It has been a pleasure for me to watch [Kramarich] as well as what the ISEC team has been able to do under her leadership,” Ferrell said.

During her two years as commander, Kramarich made changes that restructured the organization and bettered the entire command. Pointing out various examples of this, Ferrell credited Kramarich’s accomplishments to her unique leadership style.

“Kris is not the kind of commander who leads from behind the desk … She doesn’t lead by pointing her finger and saying ‘go there.’ She leads by putting her arms around people and saying ‘let’s go there together’,” Ferrell added.

As Kramarich addressed the audience, she thanked many people who had an effect on her military journey thus far, to include Command Sgt. Maj. Brenda Kadet, ISEC command sergeant major.

“You are the first ISEC centrally-selected command sergeant major, and you have made a difference … I may be leaving ISEC, but you will always be a battle buddy,” Kramarich said.

Anastasia Virden, B Troop Ladies Auxiliary member, presents Col. Jay Chapman, outgoing commander Col. Kris Kramarich’s husband, with an official golf ball engraved with the U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command crest along with other gifts in honor of his dedication to his wife’s service, during the change of command ceremony in Greely Hall Auditorium, Aug. 15.

Moving her attention to Kerr and his Family, Kramarich said, “I am envious of what you are entering, and especially of what you are going to be bringing to the team. I sincerely wish you, Wendy and your Family, the best during your time in Arizona.”

Kramarich then recounted many of ISEC’s successes using quotes from previous and current employees, military and Family members of the ISEC team.

Transferring just down the hallway in Greely Hall, Kramarich will continue her dedicated leadership as the acting deputy commander and chief of staff of the Network Enterprise Technology Command, or NETCOM.
Kramarich is married to Col. Jay Chapman, commander of NETCOM’s 106th Signal Brigade, 7th Theater Signal Command. Together, they share a border collie named Tigris.

Attendees welcomed Kerr to the podium with their applause. Kerr expressed gratitude to all who were involved in the ceremony, saving the most important for last – his wife Wendy.

Kerr turned to his wife and said, “She has been there for umpteen deployments, 13 moves, raised two children, with or without me, so I love you and thank you.”

Prior to joining the ISEC team, Kerr completed a tour as the deputy G3 for the U.S. Army Cyber Command, Fort Belvoir, Va.

Throughout his career, Kerr has deployed on numerous operations, including Operation Provide Comfort, Operation Continue Hope, Stabilization Force and Operation Enduring Freedom. With 23 years of service, Kerr brings an abundance of experience to the ISEC command.

In addition to his wife of 22 years, Kerr brings his children, Noelle and Peter, to Fort Huachuca.




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