LTC Matthew Hodge retires after decorated 26-year career in the military
LIMA – The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center held a change of command ceremony Wednesday. Lt. Col. Matthew S. Hodge turned over the Command to Lt. Col. Travis D. Adkins.
Hodge, who has served as the commander of the government-owned facility since 2013, has a lengthy and decorated military career that began in 1990 when he enlisted in the Iowa National Guard. He served three years with the Iowa Army National Guard and more than 23 years active service in the U.S. Army.
Hodge spoke to the audience that included his family members, friends, co-workers, government officials and fellow military members, about the impact the military has made on his life.
He became emotional when discussing his family, especially his dad whom he calls the most significant role model in his life.
He thanked his wife Karee, and his children, Grant and Anna for all the sacrifices they have made throughout his military career, telling them “I couldn’t have done any of this without your support.”
Hodge says that after multiple moves for different jobs, it is time to retire and have a sense of normalcy for he and his family. While leaving the JSMC and the military, he does not plan to retire for good as the family plans to relocate to eastern Iowa where Hodge will work at TM Logistics.
LTC Hodge’s 26-year career in the military
Hodge’s experience in the service includes two contingency and two operational deployments. He has nine years of experience as a Combat Arms Officer and fourteen years within the Army Acquisition Corp in Contracting and System Test. He is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) level three certified in Contracting and level one certified in Program Management and System Test.
LTC Hodge’s operational assignments include Bradley Stinger Fighting Vehicle Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, Charlie Battery, 1-2 ADA, Fort Carson, CO; Executive Offer, ADA Battery 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Irwin, CA; Officer Basic Course Instructor, Fort Bliss, TX; Assistant Battalion S-3 (Operations), Battalion S-4 (Logistics) and Commander, Delta Battery (Avenger/Stinger), 4-3 ADA, Kitzingen, Germany; Contracting Officer, United States Army Operational Support Command, Rock Island, IL; Executive Officer to the Coalition Forces Land Component Command, C-4 (Logistics), Kuwait; Assistant Test Officer, XM320 40 mm Grenade Launcher, Operational Test Officer, D120 120mm Mortar Fire Control System-Dismounted, Fort Hood, TX; Administrative Contracting Officer Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) Middle East (Kuwait), Deputy and Acting Commander, DCMA Saudi Arabia; 603rd Senior Contingency Contracting Team Leader and Executive Officer, 413th Contracting Support Brigade, Fort Shafter, Hawaii.
LTC Hodge’s military and civilian education includes: Air Defense Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Scout Platoon Leader’s Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Army Acquisition Basic Course and Common and General Staff College Intermediate Level Education. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Northern Iowa and a Masters in Business Administration from St. Ambrose University.
His awards and decorations include: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal with service star, Kosovo Campaign Medal with bronze service star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 2, Nato Medal and Parachutist Badge.
LTC Travis D. Adkins, Incoming Commander, DCMA-GDLS
Lieutenant Colonel Travis D. Adkins grew up in Paulding, Ohio and was commissioned into the Field Artillery in 1998 upon graduating from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. Prior to entering the Acquisition Corps, he served as a Tank Company Fire Support Officer, Squadron Assistant S-3, Operations Liaison Officer, and Paladin Platoon Leader with 2nd Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado; Company Commander, Company A, 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; and as a Leadership and Management Instructor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.
LTC Adkins recently completed the Army’s Training with Industry program at General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights, Michigan. He previously served as the Executive Officer for Program Executive Office, Ground Combat Systems and as an Assistant Product Manager for the Ground Combat Vehicle in Warren, Michigan. He also served at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio as a Program Integrator for the M1 Abrams Tank and the Marine Corps’ Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle; an Administrative Contracting Officer for the M1 Abrams Tank, the Ground Combat Vehicle and the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Modernization Program; and he deployed as the Theater Wide Administrative Contracting Officer and Lead Planner for DCMA Central Iraq as part of Operation NEW DAWN. His other past deployments include service in Bosnia-Herzegovina during Operation JOINT FORGE and service in Afghanistan as part of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM where he was an academic and faculty mentor to the Leadership and Management Department at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan.
LTC Adkins’ military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, the Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Army Acquisition Basic Course, the Army Acquisition Intermediate Contracting Course, the Army Acquisition Intermediate Qualification Course, the Command and General Staff Officers’ Course, and the Program Manager’s Course. He is DAWIA certified in Program Management (Level 3) and Contracting (Level 2) and is a certified Acquisition Corps Member.
LTC Adkins holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree from Harvard University.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Army Superior Unit Award with oak leaf cluster, the National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal with one bronze service star (Former Yugoslavia and ISAF-Afghanistan), and the Parachutist Badge.