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New Leader for JMC

The Joint Munitions Command on Arsenal Island has a new leader. Today, at a change of command ceremony, Brigadier General Stephen Farmen became commanding general. 

From the JMC headquarters, he'll oversee 12,000 mostly civilian employees at arsenals and ammunitions plants in 14 states.
In the Quad Cities, the JMC has more than 700 workers, plus at least 100 contract employees.

General Farmen worries about possible federal budget cuts and how they'll affect the Army, but says it's too soon to tell what impact there might be on the Joint Munitions Command, and Arsenal Island.

Budget cuts are a big challenge for the Army to stay ready.

He comes to the JMC from South Korea where he served as commanding general of the 18th Sustainment Command.

He replaces Brigadier General Kristin French who's retiring after leading the command for the plast two years.