Hawthorne Army Depot dedicates building to long serving employee
June 26, 2012
HAWTHORNE, Nev. -- Hawthorne Army Depot dedicated its Building 4 to a deceased 43-year federal employee Monday.
Until his retirement in January 2011, Raymond G. "Ray" Montoya had worked at the depot for its entire history as an Army installation.
When the depot transferred from Navy to Army control in 1977, he was already working at the then-Navy installation as an explosive operator. Over the years, he also worked as a storage specialist, supply systems analyst, and supply management specialist.
In 2007, Montoya received the Louis Dellamonica Award as one of the top 10 civilians of the year in Army Materiel Command. The four-star commanding general of AMC approved the building's dedication in his honor.
The justification for that award mentions "his outstanding leadership and enthusiasm" in solving difficult supply and logistics problems and in promoting customer service excellence.
Montoya was cited for his leadership during Operation Golden Cargo. Operation Golden Cargo is an annual Joint Munitions Command exercise in which Reserve Component transportation units redistribute munitions between sites. This repositioning effort saves the Army money and provides Reserve Soldiers with hands-on training not available at their home stations.
Members of the extended Montoya family were present for the ceremony, which included the unveiling of a brass plaque for the Building 4 exterior and a color photo and career history in the Montoya Conference Room in that building.
Montoya died in March 2011 at the age of 66.