ATC recognizes employees for significant contributions
April 30, 2013
By Gerome Banks
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 25, 2013) -- Three U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center employees received prestigious awards presented by ATC Commander Col. Gordon Graham and ATC Technical Director John Wallace at the 2012 ATC Annual Awards Ceremony April 9.
Ward Boughers, Dawn Beeghley, and Norma Yowell each received one of three top awards given to those who have made significant individual contributions to furthering ATC's test and evaluation mission.
The premier award, the Commander's Leadership Award, went to Yowell. This award is presented to an ATC employee for exceptional leadership demonstrated by outstanding contributions in accomplishing the mission in support of Soldiers.
Yowell provided exceptional leadership during an extremely difficult transition period between the previously existing budgetary system and the new system, the General Funds Enterprise Business System, or GFEBS. Her superior abilities kept the process on track and her encouragement of team members allowed them to solve problems that not only helped ATC, but other test centers across ATEC as well.
"I am proud to work at ATC and strongly believe that what we do as an organization is extremely important to the Soldiers in the field," said Yowell. "It only makes me even more proud of the people who are in my division. My award is really their award."
Boughers, from the Automotive Analytical Branch, received the Technical Director's Award, which recognizes authors within ATC for outstanding professional technical papers or reports on topics pertinent to the test and evaluation mission. Boughers was recognized for his contributions to the paper: An Analysis of V50 Ballistic Limit Results Adjusting 1st Shot Velocity, Step-Up Step-Down increments, Truth Characteristics and Velocity Control Distributions.
Though this was not Boughers' first award at ATC, the paper won the 2012 U.S. Army Modeling and Simulation Award for Testing, his first award at the national level. "Craig Andres was my co-author in this work and the study could not have been done without him," Boughers added. "He could have just as easily got the same ATC award; he does share the national award with me." Andres is also an analyst in the Automotive Directorate.
The Commander's Annual Award was presented to Beeghley for outstanding individual achievement on a technical project resulting in significant advances in testing technology or project management. Beeghley was the GFEBS lead for ATC and had the primary responsibility to communicate, train, and lead the organization during all GFEBS deployment activities.
"The impact that we have with the work that is performed at [ATC] is monumental," said Beeghley, who received the 2010 Silver Federal Executive Board Award for Outstanding Para-Professional Administrative Analyst. "I know sometimes it's hard to see that with the workload increasing and so many more restrictions due to the fiscal situation; however, we need to constantly keep in mind the total end product [user], the Warfighter."