REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (Apr 27, 2021) – Three employees with the U.S. Army Redstone Test Center (RTC) were honored at the 2021 National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Tennessee Valley Chapter awards dinner held April 27 at the Jackson Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
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Leadership Excellence Award – Katherine Lovelace
Katherine Lovelace is the RTC property book officer. She was presented with an NDIA Leadership Excellence award for her work in RTC’s logistics management division. She manages more than $20-million in equipment and more than $300,000 in property for the Center Support Directorate at RTC. Lovelace conducted multiple staff assistance visits to subordinate elements and provided valuable insight and mentoring to other supply leads. She serves as the subject matter expert for overseeing 24 operational supply officers within RTC. Lovelace established comprehensive Standard Operation Procedures from scratch to include established procedures on how to correctly order and manage sensitive and cryptographic items. She directed a 100 percent inventory of all equipment within the organization.
Management Award – Ricardo (Ric) Rivera
Ric Rivera is the chief of staff for RTC. As the chief of staff, he provides support to the operational directorates within RTC, exercising financial oversight of a budget in excess of $220-million in support of RTC test operations. He also exercises direct line authority over all activities to ensure adequacy of budgeting, planning, execution, and effectiveness of projects and a balanced and competent technical capability.
His actions assist RTC with supporting three of the domains that Army Futures Command is supporting; Future Vertical Lift, Missiles, and Sensors. His management, oversight, and tireless efforts result in the execution of numerous tasks and initiatives.
Technology Award – Rontario (Ron) Hicks
Ron Hicks serves as the chief of the Logistics Division at RTC. He has been recognized for his exceptional meritorious service for logistics operations to include maintenance, transportation, ammunition, and facility operations. His responsibilities also include managing contracts and services for a $6-million overall logistics budget, as well as supervising 38 personnel. He distinguished himself by performing above and beyond his scope of responsibility in support of the RTC mission. His strategic planning and attention to detail, knowledge, and phenomenal performance resulted in the successful execution of the transition of automation systems.