New tank plant leader impressed with Lima


LIMA, Ohio — Lt. Col. Matthew Hodge is finding out what Lt. Col. Yee Hang already knows, that the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, informally known as the Lima tank plant, is a special place.

With a symbolic passing of the colors, Colonel Hodge took command of the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center on Monday from Colonel Hang, who has commanded the facility for three years.

Colonel Hodge and his family haven’t been in Lima long, but he said it took all of a half-hour for his neighbors to introduce themselves, and he can’t pump his gas without someone wanting to shake his hand and thank him for his service.