Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal and Lt. Gen. William Grisoli, director, Army Office of Business Transformation, present the 2012 Non-Enterprise Level (Black Belt) Project Team Award to U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, in the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes, Jan. 10, 2013. Lt. Col. Gregory S. Fortier accepted the award for ATEC and was recognized for leading the "Aviator Training Hour Reduction" process improvement initiative. His efforts resulted in a 61 percent reduction of in quarterly training flight hours and a cost avoidance of $13 million through fiscal year 2018. The Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army approved the implementation of the Lean Six Sigma Excellence Award Program July 31, 2008. The program is designed to recognize outstanding contributions to Lean Six Sigma initiatives, increase awareness of the program, promote process improvements, and ensure the dissemination of best practices/lessons learned throughout the U.S. Army.