Written byDavid Stegon
In a ceremony on Wednesday at Fort Meade, Md., Army Lt. Gen. Carroll Pollett transferred directorship of the Defense Information Systems Agency to Air Force Lt. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins.
Pollett has been the DISA director since December 2008 and is retiring after serving in the Department of Defense for more than 37 years.
Under his leadership, the agency has supported critical defense operations in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars while responding to natural disasters in Haiti and Japan, along with providing communications to DOD warfighters around the world.
At the same time, Pollett led the agency’s partnership with the Army to develop and implement enterprise services, and consolidated several DISA headquarters locations from the Northern Virginia area to the new DISA campus in Maryland.
“Every part of DISA has an essential role in the accomplishments and support we have provided the Warfighter over the past three years. Our partners throughout the Department, elsewhere in the government (foreign and domestic), and in industry have had critical roles as well,” said Pollett. “I want to thank them for their continued service to their country, and for the hard work they do every day.”
Hawkins returns to DISA from Washington, D.C., where he was the Deputy Director Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems (C4), Joint Staff, the Pentagon. He was the Vice Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency from September 2009 to July 2011.
“I am honored to assume the Directorship of DISA and to continue our critical support to joint warfighters, national level leadership, and mission and coalition partners, providing joint and combined warfighting information technology capabilities,” Hawkins said.