By Frank Lockwood

Staff writer

HERMISTON — Several hundred people watched Thursday as serious-faced, Army color guards marched with flags at Umatilla Chemical Depot’s change of command ceremony.

Forearm muscles rippled and well-tanned hands gripped rifles while the command flag was passed to Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Woloszyn, who in turn passed the flag to the new UMCD commander, Lieutenant Colonel Frederick D. Pellissier.

Major General John C. Doesburg, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command made the opening remarks, praising both commanders. “Tom (Woloszyn) reached out to the community and the community reached out to him, Doesburg said. He added, Woloszyn cares for the people on base and for the people of the community as well.

Woloszyn commented on things he had enjoyed while living here: soccer, fishing and camping, and church worship. Woloszyn was also involved with scouting programs. “The Army is not a business, it is a matter of heart,” he said. (For the full story please see the July 31, 2001 issue of the Hermiston Herald.)

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