FORT LEE, Va. (March 17, 2011) -The Transportation Corps held their annual regimental association meeting Friday and inducted new leadership in the auditorium of the Transportation Corps headquarters in building 2300.
The Honorary Colonel of the Transportation Corps Regiment Investiture Ceremony included a change in leadership from retired Maj. Gen. Fred E. Elam, outgoing honorary colonel of the regiment, to retired Brig. Gen. Barbara Doornink.
Elam, who took charge of the association in 2007, was previously a chief of Transportation while he was in the military. He was responsible for converting the transportation specialties to the 88 series and opened the career field to women. He also started Transportation Corps Week and established the Transportation Corps Regiment.
"It hardly seems possible that I assumed the duties of honorary colonel of the regiment in 2007, and here I find myself gladly turning those duties over to a great transporter and a great Soldier who will lead the regiment and provide great advice to the chief of transportation and leadership of the regimental association," said Elam during the ceremony.
After getting her start in the Women's Army Corps, Doornink served in a variety of transportation jobs in companies and battalions throughout her career. She ended her career as the Traffic Management Command deputy commanding general. She is also a Transportation Hall of Fame inductee.
"It is a humbling honor to be the honorary colonel of the Transportation Corps regiment," she said, "especially getting it from a man who has served for the last four years with a lot of energy - taking us to a new level of excellence. He's done that with great devotion and caring. When he took this organization, he raised it to a whole new level.
"It's certainly a challenge to follow in (his) footsteps, but I look forward to taking that on," she continued.
Doornink reminded the association audience of the importance of the regimental group, especially in light of the new changes the corps is undergoing, including its move to Fort Lee.
"To each and every one of you, the challenge of a regiment is something that sometimes is difficult to understand but, over the time of a professional organization, is very important," said Doornink. "For the Transportation Corps Regiment, it's very important today. I look forward to the challenge."
During the ceremony, the association also recognized retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Kenneth E. Gilman, honorary warrant of the regiment; retired Command Sgt. Maj. Michael C. Raney, honorary sergeant major of the regiment; and William R. Lucas, honorary civilian of the regiment.