Picatinny employee wins top Army security award

By Ms. Audra Calloway (Picatinny)November 21, 2017

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A Picatinny Arsenal employee has been awarded the Army's top honor for her work in foreign disclosure.

Naomi Griggs, Program Executive Office Ammunition director of security, received the 2016 Kenneth C. Raymer Memorial Award during a ceremony on Oct. 5 at Picatinny Arsenal.

The Kenneth C. Raymer Memorial Award is an annual award presented to a Foreign Disclosure Officer who best exemplifies the attributes of expertise, professionalism and devotion to duty that is essential in providing Army commands with clear, concise, responsive and accurate support. The award is open to all U.S. Army Foreign Disclosure Officers serving within an Army organization or command.

"I was speechless when notified of my selection," said Griggs. "Receiving such an award, is an incredible honor. I feel humbled and honored by the nomination from PEO Ammunition and by the selection from the Army. I will be forever grateful for receiving the award."

"At an early age, my parents taught me to give even the simplest task 100 percent effort or more and that is what I strive to do. Simply put, I love my job, supporting the warfighter," Griggs added.

"God has blessed me with amazing mentors, superb security teammates and foreign disclosure colleagues, and most importantly, exceptional senior leaders as Mr. James Shields, PEO Ammunition, Brig. Gen. Patrick Burden, former Deputy PEO Ammunition and Mr. Chris Grassano, Chief of Staff, were instrumental in the revamping of PEO Ammunition's Foreign Disclosure program when I on-boarded in 2014," Griggs continued.

"Ms. Griggs has demonstrated remarkable initiative and work ethic was well as outstanding leadership," Shields wrote in Griggs nomination packet. "She has been invaluable in her role as the security expert in the organization."

According to Army Regulation 380-10, foreign disclosure is the legal transfer of classified or controlled unclassified military information through approved channels to an authorized representative of a foreign government or international organization.

Griggs began her civil service career in 2007 and became the PEO Ammunition director of security in 2014.

Since Griggs, an expert in foreign disclosure, joined PEO Ammo in 2014, the amount of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of ammunition to our allies has tripled. This rise is partially due to Griggs' leadership, for the processes and procedures she implemented, which had the ability to expand with the increased FMS workload, according to the award nomination.

She also standardized and improved the process for staffing PEO Ammunition's more than 100 annual visits by foreign visitors.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Griggs earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Bethune-Cookman University, where she was initiated as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Griggs received her Master of Science in Business Administration from Texas A&M University -Texarkana.

Griggs was also awarded the Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service and a letter of appreciation from Lieutenant General, U.S. Army Robert P. Ashley, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2.

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