Letterkenny Munitions Center

Lt. Col. Kimberly A. Deaton

Lt. Col. Kimberly A. Deaton assumed command of the Letterkenny Munitions Center on June 15, 2023. Letterkenny Munitions Center conducts regional and contingency distribution of munitions, precision-guided munitions maintenance and munitions demilitarization for Army requirements in support of all Department of Defense and international partners to provide readiness to the Warfighter.

Deaton was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, in May 2005.

She has earned a Master of Science in Policy Management from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.

Her previous assignments include: Assistant S3, and Battalion Captain, 10th Combat Hospital, Executive Officer, and Support Operations Supply/Services Officer in Charge, 204th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Deputy SPO, Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado, 2005-2009, deploying for OIF, October 2005-September 2006 and August 2008-August 2009; S&S Officer in Charge, Deputy SPO and Commander, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Commander, Forward Support Company, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Commander, 299th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas, 2010-2012, deploying for OIF, November 2010-November 2011; Joint Chief of Staff Intern, Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Washington, D.C., 2014-2016; Battalion Executive Officer, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood (known as Fort Cavazos since 2023), Texas, 2017-2019, deploying for OAR, April 2018-February 2019; Executive Officer, Director of Maintenance Policy, Army G4, Washington, D.C., 2019; Strategic Planner/Deputy SIG Chief, Secretary of the Army, Washington, D.C., 2019-2023.

Deaton’s military education include Special Reaction Team Course, Combat Lifesavers Course, Basic Officer Leader Course, Combatives Level 1, Logistics Captain Career Course, Mortuary Affairs Officers Course, Intermediate Level Qualification and Intermediate Level Common Core.

Her awards and achievements include Bronze Star (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Achievement, Meritorious Unit Commendation (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (4 combat stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd award), Certificate of Achievement Ribbon, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.

Brad Gardner

Brad Gardner is the Deputy to the Commander for Letterkenny Munitions Center, located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. His federal career spans more than two decades in Class V operations.

Gardner is from Newburg, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 1994, following graduation from Shippensburg Area Senior High School. He served as a Communications Specialist with the 1-509th Parachute Infantry Regiment (P.I.R) at Fort Polk (known as Fort Johnson since 2023), Louisiana, and the 1-501st P.I.R. at Fort Richardson, Alaska.

After leaving active duty in July 1998, Gardner enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard, serving as a Communications Specialist in the 104th Long Range Surveillance Detachment and 2-104th Aviation Battalion until 2005.

While serving in the Pennsylvania National Guard, Gardner earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Wood Products from Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania.

In 2006, he joined the West Virginia Air National Guard as a crew member for the C-5 Galaxy in support of multiple exercises and operations.

Gardner returned to the Army Reserve in 2012 as an Ammunition Specialist and subsequently became an Ammunition Technician Warrant Officer in 2014. He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 2 in 2019, concluding 23 years of military service.

Gardner began working at Letterkenny Munitions Center in October 2004 as a Munitions Destroyer. He was employed at Letterkenny Army Depot from 2006 until 2009, when he returned to LEMC to fulfill a variety of roles in the Maintenance and Demil Directorate as well as the Depot Operations Directorate. Gardner served as Supervisor of the Depot Operations Planning Division in 2019 and was designated as Deputy of the Depot Operations Directorate later that year. In January 2020, he became the Director of Depot Operations. He was named Deputy to the Commander in 2022.

Gardner’s military experience includes deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. His military education includes Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Leader Course, Warrant Officer Candidate School, Warrant Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, Water Survival School, and Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape School.

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