Hawthorne Army Depot

Photo of Larry Cruz COMMANDER’S REPRESENTATIVE
Larry M. Cruz

Larry Cruz assumed his duties as Commander’s Representative in November of 2019. In this position, Cruz is responsible for staff supervision and mission execution for Hawthorne Army Depot.

Prior to his selection as Deputy to the Commander in 2014, Cruz was the Command Executive Officer for the 108th Training Command in Charlotte, North Carolina, which is an Army Reserve 2-Star General Officer National Training Command which is ADCON to the United States Army Reserve Command and OPCON to TRADOC. As such, his duties included oversight of all fulltime staff and acting on a day-to-day basis on behalf of the commander.

Cruz 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, North Carolina.

Aside from his civil service career, Larry has spent 33 ½ years in military service retiring in 2015 as a Colonel. Larry enlisted into military service with the New Mexico Army National Guard where he served 3 ½ years. In December of 1984, Larry was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant through the New Mexico Highlands University Army ROTC program. In January of 1985, Larry went active duty as an Air Defense Artillery Officer serving 9 ½ years before joining the Army Reserves in 1994. As an Army Reservist, Larry served as a Multifunctional Logistician successfully commanding at both the battalion and brigade level as well as holding a variety of General Officer staff positions. Larry has received numerous awards throughout his military career to include the Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal and five Meritorious Service Medals.

A native of Springer, New Mexico; Larry is a graduate of New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1984 in Sociology/Anthropology and his Master’s degree in Education in Guidance/Counseling in 1998. Larry also graduated from the U.S. Army War College in 2008 in his military capacity earning a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies.

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