CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –
In a change of command ceremony on June 18, Army Lt. Col. Justin McGovern assumed command of DLA Distribution Corpus Christi, Texas.
“As one great leader departs, another arrives to take the helm,” said Navy Rear Admiral Kevin M. Jones, commander DLA Distribution. “Only the best are nominated to serve as joint commanders at our distribution centers.”
McGovern graduated from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2003 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Transportation Corps with a branch detail to the Chemical Corps.
His assignments include a battalion in the 1st Armored Division, Fort Riley, Kansas, including a deployment to Iraq; then the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, including a deployment to Afghanistan.
Later he would command a forward support company in the 82nd Airborne Division whom he led in Afghanistan. He would later serve as the battalion executive officer for the 82nd Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team and 82nd Airborne Division. McGovern also deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
In addition to multiple combat tours and prominent positions, McGovern’s civilian education consists of a Master of Business Administration in Supply Chain Management from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from The Citadel.
His military education includes the Command and General Staff College, Combined Logistics Captain Career Course, Chemical Officer basic course, Jumpmaster Course and Airborne School.
Addressing the DLA Distribution Corpus Christi workforce, McGovern said, “I am truly humbled to be part of this remarkable team and I am looking forward to working with you to take the center to the next level,” said McGovern. “We are setting the stage for the key modernization efforts for the entire distribution enterprise. Your efforts will set the standard for every distribution center to follow. This will make the world class support we provide the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, even better.”