Hawthorne Army Depot

Photo of Lt. Col. Gregory K. Gibbons COMMANDER
Lt. Col. Gregory K. Gibbons

Lieutenant Colonel Gregory K. Gibbons assumed command of Hawthorne Army Depot on 26 June 2014.

Lt. Col. Gibbons was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was raised in a military family. Upon graduating from Virginia Tech in 1996, he was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps.

Gibbons’ initial assignment in 1997 was as platoon leader and later executive officer, A Company, 123rd Main Support Battalion, 1st Armored Division, Germany. From 1999 to 2000, he served as the executive officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Division Support Command, 1st Armored Division. In 2001, his next assignment was as support operations plans officer and later commander, A Company, 296 Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash., and Iraq.

Upon return to the U.S., he was assigned to I Corps as the supply and service material officer in the G-4. In 2005, Gibbons was assigned as Detachment executive officer, 2nd Joint Special Operations Air Component, Special Operations Command Pacific, Okinawa, Japan. From 2008 to 2009 he served as Plans Officer, 101st Sustainment Brigade 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division in Afghanistan. His follow on assignment was as the executive officer and support operations officer, Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., and Afghanistan. In 2012, Gibbons was assigned to the Pentagon as a plans officer in the Strategic Initiatives Group and assistant executive officer to the Assistant Chief of Staff Installation Management, Department of the Army.

His deployments include: Operation Joint Endeavor, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Operation Iraqi Freedom Iraq, and Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines. And he deployed twice to Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

Gibbons is a graduate of the United States Marine Corps Command and General Staff College and has a Masters in Military Studies from the Marine Corps University.

Awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (1 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Star), Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, NATO Medal (2 Bronze Stars), Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Ribbon (Numeral 3), Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Parachute Rigger Badge, Ranger Tab and the Army Staff Identification Badge.

Larry M. Cruz

Larry M. Cruz assumed his duties as deputy to the commander on 30 November 2014. In this position, he serves the commanding officer and is responsible for staff supervision and mission execution.

Prior to his selection as deputy to the commander, Cruz was the command executive officer for the 108th Training Command in Charlotte, NC. As such, his duties included oversight of all fulltime staff and acting on a day-to-day basis on behalf of the commander.

Larry began his civil service career in 2004 as a supervisory staff administrator for the 647th Regional Support Group at El Paso, Texas. He remained there until 2007 at which time he transferred to the 108th Training Command in Charlotte, NC.

Aside from his civil service career, Cruz spent 33 ½ years in military service retiring on 1 January 2014 as a full Colonel. He first enlisted into military service with the New Mexico Army National Guard where he spent 3 ½ years as an enlisted Soldier. In December 1984, he was commissioned a second lieutenant through the New Mexico Highlands University Army ROTC program. In January 1985, Cruz went active duty as an Air Defense Artillery Officer spending 9 ½ years on active duty before joining the Army Reserves in 1994. As an Army Reservist, he served as a multi-functional logistician successfully commanding at both the battalion and brigade level, as well as holding a variety of General Officer staff positions. Cruz has received numerous awards throughout his military career to include: the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and 5 Meritorious Service Medals.

A native of Springer, New Mexico, Cruz is a graduate of New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico. There, he earned a bachelor’s in Sociology/Anthropology (1984) and a master’s in Education - Guidance/Counseling (1998). Cruz also graduated from the U.S. Army War College, in his military capacity, earning a master’s in Strategic Studies (2008).

Cruz has received numerous letters and certificates of appreciation, recognition and commendation from his civil service career to include two Commander’s Awards for Superior Civilian Service.