Letterkenny Munitions Center

Lt. Col. Timothy J. Ballas

Lieutenant Colonel Timothy J. Ballas assumed command of Letterkenny Munitions Center on June 10, 2021.

He enlisted in the Army in 1998 as an Intelligence Analyst and later served as a Psychological Operations Tactical Team NCOIC. He received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps Branch in 2004 from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Masters of Business Administration.

His military education includes the Intelligence Analysts Course, Psychological Operations Course, Army Air Assault School, Joint Humanitarian Operations Course, Capability Developer Course, Army Advanced Marksmanship Course/CAT-C, Army Anti-Terrorism/Evasive Driving Course, Mobile Force Protection Course, Tactical Combat Casualty Care Basic and Advanced Courses, Support Operations Course, Army Instructor Course and the UNC Institute for Defense and Business Life Cycle Executive Leadership Course.

Lt. Col. Ballas’ previous assignments include Executive Officer to the Director of Operations for U.S. Transportation Command, at Scott AFB, Illinois; Branch Chief, Global Operations CENTCOM Branch, USTRANSCOM; Operations Officer, and later, Troop Commander, D Squadron, Asymmetric Warfare Group; Director of Support Operations, Asymmetric Warfare Group; Assistant Professor of Military Science, University of Notre Dame; Company Commander, 541st Truck Company (Armed Escort), 101st Airborne Division; Operations Officer, 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 506th Regimental Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division; Battle Captain, Regimental TOC, 506th Regimental Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division; Military Transition Team Advisor, 101st Airborne Division; Platoon Leader, and later, Executive Officer, Forward Support Company, 4-320th Fires Battalion, 101st Airborne Division.

Lt. Col. Ballas has deployed in support of combat and contingency operations to Central America, Korea, and multiple times to numerous countries throughout the Middle East in support of GWOT.

His awards and decorations include three Bronze Star Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, other personal, unit, and service awards, and he has earned the Air Assault and Combat Action Badges.

Brad Gardner

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

Mr. Gardner is from Newburg, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the United States 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, Louisiana, and the 1-501st P.I.R. at Fort Richardson, Alaska.

After leaving active duty in July 1998, Mr. 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, Mr. Gardner earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Wood Products from Pennsylvania State University.

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.

Mr. 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 twenty-three years of military service.

Mr. 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. He 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.

Mr. 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 (SERE) School.