By Jack CrowleyJuly 17, 2008
PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Management of the Office of the Product Manager for Small Caliber Ammunition changed hands during a ceremony here June 26.
Project Manager for Maneuver Ammunition Systems Chris Grassano welcomed Product Manager for Small Caliber Ammunition Lt. Col. Jeffrey Woods to his new assignment by noting that Woods has "earned the T-shirt as a Desert Storm fire direction officer, S-4 and in other challenging branch assignments, then by seeking a solid grounding in his chosen Acquisition career field."
Grassano said that with nearly 150 individual munitions items in the SCA portfolio, Woods' business training, S-4 assignments and "beltway skills" will be important.
He also explained that Woods' Joint Contracting Command-Iraq and Afghanistan work in those countries, and his Department of the Army Systems Coordinator assignments, along with his product management and acquisition experience will all pay off in his new job.
As for his departing product manager, Grassano offered high praise to Lt. Col. Eric Fletcher, and wife, Jenny, during the ceremony, saying that, "I've been privileged to watch - and, in some small measure, to support - a true professional accomplish amazing things for our warfighters, always with the full support of his family."
Highlighting several of Fletcher's team's accomplishments, Grassano noted that the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, Office of the Project Manager for Maneuver Ammunition Systems and Joint Munitions Command team had:
Aca,!AcEstablished and is managing a highly complex $242 million modernization program at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant - replacing 1940's technology with state-of-the-art production equipment while continuing to assure a smooth supply of ammunition to U.S. engaged forces;
Aca,!AcSuccessfully managed a dual-source, multinational team that has contracted for and delivered more than 1.5 billion rounds of small caliber and 40 mm grenade ammunition with an more than 98 percent on-time delivery rate using suppliers, under a U.S. prime contractor from Korea, Taiwan, Israel Spain and here in the United States;
Aca,!AcMatured and is reliably delivering on the Army's largest small-business award ever, supplying some 10 million low- and high-velocity 40 mm grenades per year through a pair of former small-business prime contractors, and,
Aca,!AcWith the Army Research Lab, JMC, ARDEC and industry partners, his M855 product improvement team is accomplishing the rapid program acceleration of the premier 5.56 small caliber ammunition program - this program has received significant general officer attention at the highest levels of both the U.S. Army and Marine Corps.
Additionally, Fletcher received the Meritorious Service Medal (fifth award) from Grassano on behalf of Brig. Gen. William N. Phillips, commander of Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command and Program Executive Office for Ammunition.
Also, Jenny Fletcher, in recognition of her exceptional volunteer service to the Picatinny Community, was awarded the Commander's Award for Public Service. As examples of her service meriting this award Jenny was cited for her "many hours of service to volunteer projects ... to improve the quality of life for Army families ... the (Picatinny Military and Civilians Club), Vacation Bible School and the Sunshine Meals Program."
Fletcher departs to attend Army War College, while the Woods family will be among Picatinny's newest residents.