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Carlisle Barracks welcomes Lt. Col. Kimberly Peeples as new garrison commander

| Saturday, May 11, 2013, 5:59 p.m.

Friday brought an end to the best job Lt. Col. William McDonough said he ever had in his 30 years of military service.

“I had a smile on my face every single day,” the career Army officer said after a change of command ceremony. “Every day, I learned something new, and no day was the same.”

In a tradition loaded with symbolism, McDonough stepped down as garrison commander of Carlisle Barracks at the post's historic parade grounds. As the equivalent of “city manager,” it was a position he held since July 2011.

“I had a job that was truly about taking care of military personnel, their families, the civilian workforce and retirees. ... How cool is that?” he told the crowd gathered in front of the Wheelock Bandstand.

In June, McDonough will be promoted to colonel and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. For now, his next assignment will be in military intelligence as part of the International Security Assistance Force.

Lt. Col. Kimberly Peeples took over command as garrison chief during the ceremony on Friday attended by family, friends and post employees. The event, hosted by Davis Tindoll Jr., director of the Atlantic Region, Installation Management Command, introduced Peeples to the community and recognized McDonough for the accomplishments of his two-year command.

Peeples comes to Carlisle from Washington, where she worked as program manager in the White House Military Office.

“I am truly honored and humbled to stand before you today,” she told her audience.

“My first step is learn,” Peeples said. “I'm going to get to know all of my directors. I want to reach out and meet all the people who have been doing such a wonderful job.”

An Akron, Ohio, native, she describes herself as a “team player” open to new ideas and a believer in working together toward a shared goal. Her plan is to carry over and build upon the work started by McDonough.

Tindoll described Peeples as a career engineer officer who deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She has held operational and staff assignments, Tindoll said.

“Her experience, education and training give me confidence that she will lead the Carlisle garrison to achieve the next level of service and support.

“I have no doubt that everything is in great hands,” McDonough said of his successor.

Peeples received her commission in 1994 from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Before serving as a program manager with the White House, she was assigned to the 4th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Ga., as the brigade engineer. Her career includes a deployment to Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Endeavor from 1996 to 1997. She is married to retired Army Lt. Col. John V. Peeples Jr. and they have four children — three adults and a 14-month-old named Van.

McDonough entered the Army in 1983 as an infantryman and received his ROTC commission in 1991 after graduating from California State University Sacramento. Career highlights include deployments in support of operations after Hurricane Andrew and in Somalia, Haiti and Hungary.

McDonough is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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