Crane employee selected as Army 'Suggester of the Year'
February 3, 2010
- CAAA employee James Gardner named the U. S. Army 2009 Civilian Suggester of the Year.
CRANE, Ind. -- The U.S. Army selected Crane Army Ammunition Activity employee James Gardner as its 2009 Civilian Suggester of the Year for his suggestion that saved the Army more than $600,000 a year.
Gardner, a production machinery mechanic, developed a 30mm case extraction tool that saved Crane Army money by eliminating the need for long-term storage of Armor Piercing Incinerating rounds, as well as the cost involved to demilitarize High Explosive Incinerating rounds. The cost savings of Gardner's efforts is $657,230 a year.
Employees are encouraged to submit their ideas for improving work conditions and methods through Crane Army's Ideas for Excellence Program, also known as its Beneficial Suggestion Program.
Gardner will be presented his award at a ceremony at the Pentagon later this year.
CAAA was established in Oct. 1977 and is a tenant of the Navy Region Midwest, Naval Support Activity Crane. The Army activity maintains ordnance professionals and infrastructure to receive, store, ship, produce, renovate and demilitarize conventional ammunition, missiles and related components.