Change of leadership at PdM Air Warrior

Lt. Col Bryan Bogardus passes the flag to Jim Isaacs, Deputy Product Manager, to signify the change of responsibility in Product Manager Air Warrior Charter. | Credit: Russell Petcoff, PEO Soldier

RESTONE ARSENAL, Alabama – Product Manager Air Warrior (PdM AW) conducted a Change-of-Charter ceremony July 20 where Lt. Col. Bryan Bogardus took over from Lt. Col. (P) John “Jay” Maher. PdM AW is part of Program Executive Office Soldier’s Project Manager Soldier Warrior.

The ceremony took place in the Delmar Martin Morris Auditorium of the Marshall Space Flight Center at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

During his remarks, Col. Wayne “Ed” Barker, Project Manager Soldier Warrior (PM SWAR), talked about the importance of the Air Warrior mission and the team. He credited Lt. Col. (P) Maher with being “a great leader” who had led an “amazing workforce.”

Lt. Col. Bogardus comes to PdM AW from the Pentagon, where he served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisitions, Logistics, and Technology) as a staff officer for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Plans, Programs and Resources, and later as a Department of the Army System Coordinator.

As he reflected upon the task before him, Lt. Col. Bogardus quoted Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt: “Success isn’t owned. It’s leased and rent is due every day.”

Before the passing of the flag to signify the change of responsibility, COL Barker presented Lt. Col. (P) Maher with the Meritorious Service Medal. Lt. Col. (P) Maher transitioned to the U.S. Army Contracting Command on Redstone.

Wearing the Order of St. Michael’s, Lt. Col. (P) John “Jay” Maher holds the certificate of his induction into the Order. Also pictured are Col. Wayne “Ed” Barker, Project Manager Soldier Warrior, and Gary S. Nenninger, retired Senior Executive Service and President of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the Army Aviation Association of America | Credit: Russell Petcoff, PEO Soldier

Additionally, Lt. Col. (P) Maher received the Bronze Medal of the Order of St. Michael’s to signify his induction into the order. Induction into the Order of Saint Michael recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the promotion of Army Aviation in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipient’s seniors, subordinates, and peers, according to the Army Aviation Association of America, which manages the Order. These individuals must also demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and moral character, display an outstanding degree of professional competence, and serve the United States Army Aviation or civilian aviation community with distinction.

Russell Petcoff contributed to this story.

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