REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The U.S. Army Materiel Command held a recognition ceremony Friday, Nov. 1, at the Bob Jones Auditorium here to recognize employees for various accomplishments.

"Even though we're busy, it's so important that we pause and recognize our great members of our team that make a huge difference for Army Materiel Command and the Army," said Gen. Dennis L. Via, AMC commanding general, as he personally congratulated military and civilians on their achievement and successes for the quarter.

"The most meaningful measurement of AMC is the quality of the men and women in our workforce. I believe it's very important for our organization to pause and to take note of those individuals who made a significant difference in their service and other accomplishments," he continued. "We will never lose faith in our civilians and Soldiers. Today, AMC says thank you to the men and women Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians in the field."

Via presented Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medals, a Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Superior Civilian Service Awards, a Commander's Award for Civilian Service, and an Achievement Medal for Civilian Service. He also presented service awards to Army Civilians, including three 40-year recognitions; in total, Via recognized more than 700 years of service.

"It is always great to be recognized for an accomplishment as it reflects the work I've done and that which I have contributed to this organization," said Staff Sgt. Donna L. Smith, AMC administration noncommissioned officer. Smith received the Army Commendation Medal for exceptional meritorious services as a noncommissioned officer.

"Expect the unexpected because it takes resilience and adaptability to stay committed and to be successful," she said. ,.

Resilience and adaptability is what the AMC workforce displayed this past summer in dealing with civilian furloughs and a government shutdown, Via noted.

"I am immensely proud of the way our leaders and our employees faced the challenge together, and not a single deployed Warfighter was impacted thanks to your efforts," said Via. "While the budget situation remains uncertain, I can assure you that our leadership is working to assess and minimize the impacts. What is certain is that the men and women of AMC can be counted on to continue providing exceptional support to the Warfighter."