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PEO EIS RELINQUISHMENT OF CHARTER

By Ms. Katherine Morgan, Communications Specialist, PEO EIS

MG Burden’s family was also in attendance, including his brother Charles, wife, Veorah, sons Preston and Prescott, and sister-in-law Kathy.
MG Burden’s family was also in attendance, including his brother Charles, wife, Veorah, sons Preston and Prescott, and sister-in-law Kathy.

On Jan. 8, PEO EIS bid farewell to MG Patrick W. Burden at a Relinquishment of Charter ceremony held at Thurman Hall on Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The ceremony was hosted by LTG Paul Ostrowski, Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) and Director of the Army Acquisition Corps, who presented MG Burden with the Legion of Merit for his role as PEO, which he began in November 2016. MG Burden left PEO EIS to transition to his new role as deputy commander, Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Ms. Chérie Smith, who was serving as the acting deputy PEO, became the acting PEO.

Immediately before the ceremony, colleagues had a chance to thank MG Burden for his leadership during his farewell luncheon held at the Fort Belvoir Officers Club. Mr. Reginald Bagby, G-3/5/7 director, narrated the luncheon, while Ms. Smith provided welcoming remarks and presented MG Burden with a collage of the PEO and O-6 program coins. COL Kevin Stoddard, chief of staff, also gave remarks and reflected over his last 14 months working alongside MG Burden, followed by COL Mike Sloane, assistant PEO. Next were remarks and tokens of appreciation from COL Robert Mikesh, project manager, Army Enterprise Systems Integration Program; COL Matt Russell, project manager, General Fund Enterprise Business System; COL Darby McNulty, Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army; COL Enrique Costas, project manager, Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems; COL Chad Harris, project manager, Installation Information Infrastructure – Communications and Capabilities; and Mr. Thomas Neff, project director, Enterprise Services. Finally, MG Burden took the stage to thank all in attendance for their support during his tenure as PEO, especially his family.

Thank you for your service, MG Burden. You will be missed!

Posted February 01, 2018