I retired from the Department of Army on October 31, after nearly 31 years of service.

I am very pleased to have led the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (UMCDF) project during the final years of my career. The commitment of the greater Hermiston community, and Umatilla and Morrow counties, has been truly outstanding.

I enjoyed the opportunities afforded me to meet with members of the community, business leaders and elected officials. The project began in the late 1990s amid controversy but finishes as an extremely successful program. Our main processing building is nearly gone, our efforts to sample the site are well underway, and the project is set for a clean closure in the spring of 2015.

Mr. Don Barclay, Director of the US Army Chemical Materials Activity (CMA), will assume the duties of the UMCDF Site Project Manager. Don is no stranger to this community, having served as the project manager for many years. I know that he will reconnect with the community as he leads the project across the finish line.

Under his tenure at CMA he has closed the Newport, Ind., and Pine Bluff, Ark., plants. He is closing the plants in Tooele, Utah, and Anniston, Ala. Additionally, Don has closed the Newport Chemical Depot and the Pine Bluff Chemical Activity. Lastly, Don is responsible for closing the former Umatilla Chemical Depot (UMCD) and preparing the property for turnover to the Base Realignment and Closure Office, and ultimately the Land Reuse Authority. As you can clearly see, Don has the experience necessary to lead the UMCDF project closure. I know that you will welcome Don back to Hermiston.

Please accept my very sincere thanks for your unending support, commitment to success and dedication to the accomplishment of this important local, national and international project. Together our successes have created a safer future for the greater Hermiston area and our nation. Thank you.

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Gary M. Anderson is UMCDF Site Project Manager. He lives in Hermiston.

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