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COLONEL BRETT A. AYVAZIAN

COMMANDER, BLUE GRASS ARMY DEPOT

Colonel Brett A. Ayvazian assumed command of Blue Grass Army Depot on July 12, 2022. Blue Grass Army Depot provides America's Joint Warfighters with reliable, timely and cost-effective munitions and chemical defense equipment in support of full-spectrum military operations.

COL Ayvazian was born in New York City and graduated from Port Chester Senior High School in 1989. He attended the United States Military Academy and the State University of New York (S.U.N.Y.) College at Cortland, graduating in 1994. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Armor the same year.

COL Ayvazian’s assignments include: Tank Platoon Leader, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division; Company Executive Officer Company B, 115th Forward Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division Support Command. Chief Maintenance Officer for Multi-National Division-North during Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1998; he had a break in active federal service from 1999-2007; upon his return to service, he deployed to Iraq as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 719th Transportation Battalion, Boston, MA; Battalion Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 322nd Logistics Support Battalion, 1st Army Division-East, Fort Dix; Logistics Support Team Chief for the Army Sustainment Command, Fort Knox, 2011; Army Field Support Battalion-Bagram Support Operations Officer, Army Materiel Command 401st Army Field Support Brigade; Secretary of the General Staff and Athletic Department Director of Logistics, United States Military Academy, 2013; Commander, 1st Special Troops Battalion of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command, Fort Bragg, and Fort Knox, 2016; Deputy Support Operations Officer, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Fort Shafter, 2016; Resident Student, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, 2019-2020; Deputy Chief of Staff to the Commanding General of Army Materiel Command, Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, 2020.

His military education includes: Airborne School; Armor Officer Basic Course; Ordnance Transition Course; Combined Logistics Captain’s Career Course; Support Operations Course; Joint Course on Logistics; Theater Sustainment Course; and Intermediate Level Education at the Command and General Staff College. He holds a Master’s in business administration from Columbia Southern University Orange Beach, AL, and a Master’s in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

COL Ayvazian’s awards and achievements include: the Combat Action Badge; Airborne Qualification Badge; the Legion of Merit; two Bronze Star Medals; five Meritorious Service Medals; three Army Commendation Medals; four Army Achievement Medals; the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal; two National Defense Service Medals; the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; the Afghanistan Campaign Medal; the Iraqi Campaign Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Medal; the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (M device); the Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal, three Overseas Service Ribbons; and two NATO Medals.



STEPHEN L. SHARP

DEPUTY TO COMMANDER

Mr. Stephen L. Sharp currently serves as the Civilian Executive (Deputy Commander) of Blue Grass Army Depot (BGAD). In his role as the senior civilian, Sharp ensures munitions and chemical defense equipment are readily available to support worldwide full-spectrum military operations. He also ensures safeguards are in place to secure the remainder of the National Chemical Weapons Stockpile until demilitarization is complete. In addition, Sharp is responsible for oversight of Operations at Anniston Munitions Center, Anniston AL and Scranton Army Ammunition Plant, Scranton PA.

Steve Sharp was commissioned into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1979 following designation as a Distinguished Military Graduate and earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Morehead State University. He received a secondary designation as an Operations Research Systems Analyst (OR/SA) in 1986.

Sharp’s military assignments include: Platoon Leader (194th AR BDE) and Combat Indoctrination Branch Chief (Armor School) at Ft Knox KY; Commander of the 515th Engineer Company (CS) and Commander of a Basic Training Company (C/5/3), Ft Leonard Wood MO; Military Science instructor (ROTC) at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC; Chief of the Vector-In-Commander (VIC) Combat Simulation Branch of TRADOC Analysis Command (TRAC), Ft Leavenworth, KS; Operations Officer (S3) and Deputy Commander (XO) of the 536th Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy); Chief of Engineer Operations, USARSO DCSENG, all in the Republic Of Panama; and Chief of the Operations Division for USAREC at Ft Knox, KY. His last military assignment was Director of Public Works, Ft Polk LA, where he retired from Active Duty in 1999.

Following Military retirement, Sharp served as the Director of Engineering for the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet in Frankfort, KY. He returned to Federal Service in 2003 when he was selected to be the BGAD Director of Public Works. In 2005 he was selected to be the Director of Blue Grass Munitions Center and in 2011 he assumed his current role.

Sharp holds two degrees in industrial technology from Morehead State University, a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California, and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Kansas State University. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic, Advanced, and Atomic Demolition Munitions Courses at Ft Belvoir VA, the Operations Research/Systems Analysis (OR/SA) program, Ft Lee VA, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School and the Command and General Staff College at Ft Leavenworth KS. He is a Certified Energy Manager, a Certified Business Energy Professional and a Certified Sustainable Development Professional. He is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps and holds level III certification in Program Management, Facilities Engineering, and Systems Planning, Research Development and Engineering. He is certified as a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Green Belt, a LSS Champion and is a graduate of the US Army’s LSS Black Belt program. He is also a 2008 graduate of the Depot & Arsenal Executive Leadership Program at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC.

Sharp’s numerous military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (5 Awards), Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Parachutist, Air Assault, Pathfinder and Jungle Expert Badges. His Civilian Awards include the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal.



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To provide America's Joint Warfighters reliable, timely and cost-effective munitions and chemical defense equipment in support of full spectrum Military Operations.  Safeguard the remainder of the National Chemical Weapons Stockpile until demilitarization.

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Become the Department of Defense's Center of Excellence for ammunition support to the Joint Warfighter.

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