Testers of the Year
Gregory Bower, Lori Keaty and Maj. Robert McClintock are the NDIA 2007 Testers of the Year

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 27, 2008) - The National Defense Industrial Association recognized the Army's top military, civilian and contract tester-evaluators for their 2007 contributions to the warfighter at a Pentagon ceremony Wednesday.

The recipients were selected on the basis of their scope of responsibilities, contributions last year and sustained long-term performance. A panel of executives and officers from the Army Test and Evaluation Command and the Army Test and Evaluation Management Agency made the selections:

-- Maj. Robert McClintock of Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., was recognized as NDIA 2007 Army Tester of the Year (Military) for his skills in the planning, writing and executing of time-compressed, highly detailed and comprehensive tests on the High Capacity Network to the Team and the RG-31 Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle known as MRAP.

-- Greg Brewer of the Army Developmental Test Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., was chosen as NDIA 2007 Army Tester of the Year (Civilian) for his efforts in planning and directing the automotive test and evaluation process for armor kits, safety enhancements and overall safety of the Humvee. Brewer authored 22 safety releases and safety confirmations which described the safety risks on a vehicle-by-vehicle basis for Soldiers and Marines serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

-- Lori Keaty of Redstone Arsenal, Ala., was selected as NDIA 2007 Army Tester of the Year (Contractor) for her service as the lead tester on the Common Missile Warning System. Keaty planned, executed and analyzed data from more than 20 events in 2007 which had a direct impact on the survivability of aircrews and aircraft in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Director of the Test and Management Agency Janet L. Garber praised the recipients for the innovative techniques the winners had used in order to get their work done under severe time constraints in support the warfighters in the field.

"These three individuals have done incredible work over the last year and throughout their careers," she said. "This is not an award for something they did over a 12-month period, it's the culmination of working up to this point in their careers in supporting the warfighters."

Maj. Gen. Roger A. Nadeau, commander of the Army Test and Evaluation Command, also told the recipients that the Army will continue to receive mileage out of their successes as the Army moves through transformation.

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