ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., -- Team APG recognized the significant contributions of women in the workplace during the 29th annual Women's Equality Day Celebration Awards Program here Aug. 22.

Conducted by the Team APG Federal Women's Program Committee, the annual celebration serves to enlighten, educate and counsel women in the manner that continues to keep them competitive and promotable for job opportunities within the federal sector.

Janice Burke, chairwoman of the Team APG Federal Women's Program Committee, warmly welcomed participants to the celebration held at APG's Ball Conference Center. U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command served as host for the event.

Mr. Justin Hayes, a representative from Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski's office, delivered the senator's comments as he read her Women's Equality Day letter. The senator has been a great supporter of APG and women's issues, as well as science, technology, engineering and math education outreach.

Mr. Jyuji Hewitt, the RDECOM deputy director, introduced the guest speaker, Ms. Mary Woods, the deputy Program Executive Officer, Command, Control and Communications -- Tactical. With 27-plus years experience as an Army acquisition professional, Woods' comments about building a career in federal service inspired everyone in attendance.

Next, Mr. Hewitt and Ms. Woods, with an assist from Mr. Hayes, presented the Women's Equality Day awards.

This was the third consecutive year the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center has won the award for "Activity Most Supportive of FWP Goals. Contributing to this win was the ECBC's Women's History Month Speaker Series, entitled, "Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination."

The series highlighted women from across the APG community, as well as women leaders in the Harford County area who inspire innovation through imagination in their everyday lives. This series posed an exciting opportunity for the workforce to hear from several influential female leaders.

Accepting the award was Ms. Suzanne Milchling, ECBC's Director of Program Integration.

"At ECBC we believe diversity of thought contributes to more innovative ideas, which in turn drives better integrated science and solutions for the Warfighter and the defense of our country," Milchling said.

The U.S. Army Materiel Command was well represented among awardees, as several AMC organizations were recognized.

In addition to ECBC's award, the U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity captured two awards: the 2013 Supervisor of the Year award was presented to Mr. Brad Bradley, and the 2013 Outstanding Women of the Year was awarded to Ms. Suzanne Singleton.

RDECOM, the Communication-Electronics Command, the Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity, ECBC, and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory were all well represented at the annual award celebration.