By Jon Micheal Connor, Army Public AffairsMarch 13, 2019
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Wade Lopez was awarded for his deployment service at the Ammunition Supply Point here March 12.
Lopez, a quality assurance specialist ammunition surveillance subject matter expert, is from the Letterkenny Munitions Center, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
During the presentation, he received the Commander's Award for Civilian Service and Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service DOD Medal. Army Capt. Kim, BAF ASP accountable officer, presented the awards to Lopez in his workplace.
LEMC conducts regional and contingency distribution of munitions, precision-guided munitions maintenance and munitions demilitarization for Army requirements in support of all DOD and international partners to provide readiness to the Warfighter.
The center is part of the U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command, headquartered at Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois.
Lopez, who arrived in theater last October and will depart this month, has worked 12 years as a QASAS and will have served 22 years federal service in August. He is also an Army veteran of 10 years.
His award citation, stated, in part that Lopez's actions "have been vital in cleaning up significant quantities of amnesty/legacy ammunition" received during a unit Relief in Place/Transfer of Authority and Security Force Assistance Brigade turn in, saving the Army over $25 million dollars.
The SFAB mentioned was the 1st SFAB from Fort Benning, Georgia, which was the first SFAB to deploy. That unit redeployed from Afghanistan late November after a nine-month deployment.
SFABs are the Army's new premier units. The new unit is designed to train, advise, and assist other nation's militaries in need of specialized expertise. In Afghanistan, 1st SFAB enabled the Afghans from the battalion to Corps level.
It was replaced by the 2nd SFAB, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
The citation also stated Lopez was responsible for the serviceability, care, condition coding, and proper functioning of over $128 million of ammunition assets in the BAF ASP.
To date, Lopez completed the inspection and receipt of over 883 lots consisting of 2,405 serialized assets of ammunition providing excellent support and resources for American warfighters and coalition forces.