MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. -- A new commander for Marine Corps Materiel Command took charge here after a ceremony Monday.
BGen. Bradley M. Lott, an Albuquerque, N.M., native, took command from Maj. Gen. Paul M. Lee Jr., an Elizabeth, Pa. native who held the command since August 1999.
Lott was previously the commanding general of the 1st Force Service Support Group, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Lott was commissioned through the Officers' Candidate School in 1972. He received a bachelor's degree in science from the University of West Florida and a master's degree in science from the University of Southern California. Lott also completed Amphibious Warfare School, Command and Staff College and graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
He served as the security assistance officer at the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group -- Korea and managed the contracts and accounts for major equipment and ammunition acquisition for the Republic of Korea Naval-Marine Forces.
In 1989 he was the commander of Marine Expeditionary Unit Service Support Group 13 and deployed to the Western Pacific where he participated in humanitarian relief operations in the Republic of the Philippines and in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Lott was assigned as the director, Materiel Division, MCLB Albany in 1991, and later as commander, Defense Distribution Depot Albany. He deployed in 1994 to Haiti as the chief of staff, Joint Logistics Support Command, Multi-National Force. Shortly after this tour, he was assigned as the executive assistant to the deputy chief of staff, Installations and Logistics at Headquarters Marine Corps while also serving as the director of Logistics, Plans and Policy Analysis.
When Lee gave his farewell speech, he thanked everyone who worked for him and everyone who helped him and his family while they were in Albany.
"I am assured that under the able leadership of Brigadier General Lott, the command will continue to be professional, innovative and to make the proper changes to make Materiel Command succeed," said Lee.
Lee went to Washington to become the Inspector General of the Marine Corps.
During the ceremony Lott spoke briefly, telling the audience that he and his wife are happy to be back in Albany and to acknowledge the challenges that lie ahead.
"Continuous change is a challenge," said Lott. "I think if we attempt to rest on our laurels and attempt to say what we have now is good enough, we will crash and burn.
"The challenge is to make meaningful change in a directed way," he said.