By Mrs. Jaime Thompson (AMC)June 10, 2009
Dedicated. Committed. Intelligent.
These are just a few words to describe the MG John C. Raaen, Jr. Historical Achievement Award winner, Terry Trivitt.
The MG John C. Raaen Jr. Achievement Award is bestowed annually on the JMC employee who best demonstrates a well-rounded career, extraordinary accomplishments, and service to the warfighter.
Trivitt, a chemical engineer, has been employed with the federal government for 25 years, with all of his service time at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant (MCAAP). During this 25-year span, he has not only significantly influenced MCAAP, but a number of other ammunition communities including the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate High Explosive Research and Development Facility (HERD), Eglin Air Force Base, Yorktown Naval Weapons Station, Indian Head Detachment and Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake.
Recently, Trivitt accepted a chemical engineer position with the Defense Ammunition Center (DAC), Technology Directorate.
"Mr. Trivitt is so very deserving of this award. He is the consummate professional, an exemplary person, and a tremendous asset to the Joint Munitions Command. I am extremely pleased he has joined our team. His wealth of ammunition, engineering, and installation experience will be invaluable as we transition new demilitarization capabilities within the JMC organic base," said Jackie Holkum, Chief of the Joint Technology Division, DAC.
Trivitt, a Vietnam vet, graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering and began his professional work career with Texas Eastman Company, a Kodak subsidiary in 1978.
During his MCAAP employment, Trivitt worked in all areas of production support resolving explosives batch mix problems, explosive cure issues and component characteristics deviations. In 1999 he was promoted to Industrial Risk Manager and assumed the responsibilities of Security, Safety/Health, Fire and Emergency Services, Chemical/Explosives Analysis, Non-destructive Testing and Quality for the entire plant.
In 2004, Trivitt became the technical advisor for the Directorate of Engineering and Public Works. He served as a team lead of study groups, issue resolution teams and process improvement teams and was responsible for the procurement of complex explosive production equipment that safely mixes and loads high explosives into a variety of munitions.
Along with his engineer experience, Trivitt is also a certified black belt in Lean Six Sigma. His work in this area resulted in savings of two hundred thousand dollars in production costs on one production line.
"Mr. Trivitt's greatest contribution to the ammunition community is his ability to provide vision and direction whether it is resolving a technical issue or translating an idea from the research and development state into reality on a production line, said Mr. Gary Carney, DAC Director.
"I have worked with Mr. Trivitt both as the MCAAP Commander and DAC Director and he has always kept the needs of the warfighter first."