Jim Wasiloff and Mary Nelson of the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command's G5/7 own the distinction of being the first and second Army employees to be granted the Department of the Army Lean Six Sigma Master Blackbelt Certification. The success, however, didn't come without pain.

Requirements included several weeks of intensive training in DC, a comprehensive exam, eight weeks of co-teaching blackbelt classes at distant locations, coaching and mentoring blackbelts through various projects, while completing their own LSS projects.

Maj. Gen. William M. Lenaers presented Wasiloff with his official certificate at an award ceremony April 16, and the new TACOM LCMC Commander Maj. Gen. Scott G. West presented Nelson with her official certificate Aug. 5.

Kevin Fahey, the program executive for Program Executive Office - Ground Combat Systems, who also serves as the TACOM LCMC LSS executive deployment advisor, presented both of them with unique coins, provided and personalized by the Department of the Army.

Each coin has the MBB's name engraved; and the coins are stamped 00001 and 00002 signifying the first and second DA-certified MBBs.