Hawthorne Army Depot

Photo of Lt. Col. Craig M. Short COMMANDER
Lt. Col. Craig M. Short

Lt. Col. Craig M. Short assumed command of Hawthorne Army Depot on June 26, 2012.

Short received an Other Than Regular Army (OTRA) Active Duty commission as second lieutenant in the Field Artillery Branch, detailed from the Ordnance Corps, in May 1989. He began college at the University of Nevada, Reno and later transferred to California State Polytechnic University – Pomona, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Short’s military assignments include: 6-1 Field Artillery in Zirndorf, Germany as fire support officer and fire direction officer; 501st Forward Support Battalion in Vilseck, Germany supporting the 1st Brigade, 1st Armor Division; Task Force 2-37 Armor’s “Intrinsic Action” rotation to Kuwait during the Gulf War; property book officer for 11th Armored Calvary Regiment at Fort Irwin, Calif.; and commanded the 31st Maintenance Company and Houston Recruiting Company.

In 2000, Short was assigned to the 21st Theater Sustainment Command in Germany. In that capacity, Short supported operations across Europe, the Balkans, Israel, Africa and into Afghanistan for the initial stages of Operation Enduring Freedom. He deployed to Turkey in 2003 with the 21st TSC and 1st Infantry Division supporting the planned movement of 4th ID from the Mediterranean into Northern Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served as Brigade Support Operations Officer for 29th Support Group, Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Germany where he deployed the 1st ID to OIF and supported the Southern European Task Force operations in Liberia. He was assigned as Support Operations Officer to the 191st Ordnance Battalion in 2004 and deployed to Salerno, Afghanistan supporting Combined Joint Task Force “Thunder” from the 25th ID and five infantry battalions in Regional Command East, providing area support across Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.

Short was reassigned to the United States Special Operations Command in 2006, serving as the Command Munitions Manager responsible for munitions procurements needed to sustain Special Operations Forces worldwide and became joint staff officer qualified. Short commanded the 1st Battalion, 407th Army Field Support Brigade at Fort Carson, Colo. There he supported 4th ID for one year before deploying to join the 43rd Sustainment Brigade forward in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He served as brigade deputy commander and SB chief of plans, responsible for Stability Operations across Regional Commands – South, Southwest & West.

His military education includes the Field Artillery Officer’s Basic Course, Ordnance Officer Transition Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College, Joint Combined Warfighting School and Battalion Pre-Command Courses.

Awards and decorations include two Bronze Stars, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Meal, four Army Achievement Medals, Army Superior Unit Award, Kuwaiti Campaign Medal, two Afghan Campaign Medals, Global War on Terrorism, Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two NATO Medals, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and a Recruiter Badge. Short is also a member of the Order of Samuel Sharpe.

Photo of Kirk L. Bausman DEPUTY TO THE COMMANDER
Kirk L. Bausman

Mr. Kirk Bausman assumed duties as Deputy to the Commander on October 15, 2007.

Bausman serves as the Deputy to the Commander at Hawthorne Army Depot. In this position, Bausman serves the commanding officer and is responsible for staff supervision and mission execution.

Prior to his selection as Deputy to the Commander in October 2007, Bausman was Director of Quality Control & Ammunition Operations at the Sierra Army Depot in Herlong, Calif. As such, his duties included oversight of ammunition operations and quality control.

He began his civil service career in 1983 as an Ammunition Specialist at Savanna Army Depot. He remained there until 1985 at which time he transferred to Sierra Army Depot. During his time at Sierra Army Depot, he was designated by NASA as subject matter expert for demilitarization of large rocket mortars.

He spent 22 years at Sierra Army Depot working in various areas such as Planning Production and Control, Inventory, Depot Property, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Transformation, Quality Engineering Office, Ammunition Operations, and Quality Control. He worked closely with California and Federal offices in conjunction with Sierra Army Depot in obtaining permits for renovation and destruction of weaponry and ammunition. His expertise in the ammunition enterprise was a key factor in Sierra Army Depot remaining open during BRAC actions in 1995 and 2005.

A native of Savanna, Ill., Bausman is a graduate of United Electronics Institute, Des Moines College, Des Moines, Iowa. He obtained his Green Belt certification November 2006 from Technologies Management Partners, LLS.

Bausman has received numerous letters and certificates of appreciation, recognition and commendation. Additionally, he has received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.

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