Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Garas
Recent Defense Logistics Agency Central Commander Army Col. Mark McCormick was celebrated by his comrades as a man who did what was needed to get the job done and make things happen, DLA Logistics Operations Director Navy Rear Adm. Vincent Griffith said June 27 during McCormick’s retirement ceremony at the McNamara Headquarters Complex.
McCormick passed command of DLA Central, in Tampa. Florida, to Army Col. Derrin Williams on June 20.
Griffith went on to discuss McCormick’s career across several commands, from his humble beginnings as a platoon leader in an infantry platoon, up to commandant of the Army Logistics University, at Fort Lee, Virginia.
“Today, we’re retiring a great American who answered the call of duty,” he said. “A person who was ready to put his life on the line to defend the freedom that we enjoy in this country and bring democracy to others.”
McCormick was also lauded by Griffith for his exceptional leadership, ability to understand and motivate his people, and set high standards for his peers.
“A leader is a person who inspires people to accomplish tasks that often appear too difficult to complete,” Griffith explained. “Most in the military aspire to be a leader, but not everyone achieves that title. Mark absolutely has.”
“I’ve been blessed to serve with some great leaders who encouraged me, motivated me and taught me how to be a great leader,” McCormick said. “It’s a tremendous honor to serve with leaders, peers and subordinates like these who keep me going.”
Before thanking his family for their support throughout the years, McCormick was presented with the Defense Superior Service Medal by Griffith.
Griffith said McCormick’s contributions to the military have been invaluable and his lasting impact of DLA and the service would be remembered.“Mark and his team were the tip of the spear, providing warfighting heroes with what they needed, when they needed it and in the quantities they needed,” he said. “To put it in the simplest terms, he was the guy that made it all happen.”