PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - The ARDEC Lean Six Sigma staff recognized the newest LSS practitioners with a ceremony here Nov. 17.

The ceremony recognized the hard work and dedication of the Lean Six Sigma project teams that earned green-belt and black-belt certifications from April through October 2008.

During the time period 16 teams consisting of 39 team members achieved certification.

The teams were composed of representatives from the Program Executive Office for Ammunition, and Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center staff from Picatinny and Rock Island.

The teams that received certification spanned the spectrum from management projects to research, development and innovation projects, realizing cost savings of approximately $1.1 million and cost avoidance of approximately $1.6 million.

The cost improvements provide direct benefit to the Picatinny community and the warfighters on a continuous basis, while allowing the workforce to still meet and exceed its requirements and expectations.

Black-belt certification recipients were Brig. Gen. William N. Phillips, Col. Andre C. Kirnes, James Caiazzo, Vincent R. Matrisciano, August Thiesing and Lucita Kahn. Green-belt certification recipients were Lt. Col. Albert J. Hedeen, Hector Morales, Marvin Elmowitz, Peter Martin, Bonnie Gray, Alex Olaverri, Camille Gowdy-Alexander, Dan Peterson, Carl Guglielmini, Chad Clark, Anthony Di Giacomo, Amy Mulvoy, Brad Armstrong, AndrAfAa Stevens, Robin Mason, Mary L. Kenison, Adam Hilburn, Leslie Hosein, Ming Liang, Stan Smith, Carolyn Pellegrino, Jay Jones, Laura Barber, Ann Do, Stephen Ernyey, Aaron Benfante, John Hirlinger, Richard Schrum and Chris Brandt.