ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 22, 2014) -- The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command has won four safety awards, officials announced recently.

The command's nominations for fiscal 2013 earned four of the possible nine organizational awards from its headquarters, Army Materiel Command, said Clifford Wendel, RDECOM safety director and surety officer. RDECOM's award winners were also considered for Department of the Army recognition.

The Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center won two awards. The Army Research Laboratory and RDECOM headquarters garnered one award each.

RDECOM Director Dale A. Ormond praised the efforts.

"Because of RDECOM's mission, our scientists and engineers face some of the Army's greatest safety hazards outside of combat. Our employees work safely each day with chemical and biological agents, weapons, ammunition, explosives, missiles and combat vehicles," he said. "Congratulations to the ARL, TARDEC and RDECOM headquarters safety teams on the awards and continued commitment to excellence."

Ormond presented the awards to TARDEC Director Dr. Paul Rogers, ARL Director Dr. Thomas Russell and Wendel during the RDECOM Board of Directors meeting May 16 at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.

ARL won the AMC Exceptional Organization Safety Award at the battalion level for fully integrating composite risk management into all its safety and occupational health program documents and policies.

TARDEC earned the AMC Industrial Operations Safety Award at the battalion level for providing a safe and healthy workplace while using high-hazard, cutting-edge industrial processes with an increased operations tempo. The center also won the AMC Excellence in Explosive Safety Award for beginning the establishment of an ammunition and explosives training and certification board.

RDECOM captured the AMC Exceptional Organization Safety Award at the brigade level for maintaining a highly visible and leading safety and occupational health program.


RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness -- technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it.