Yuma Test Center’s (YTC) Ammunition and Armaments Division at Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) recently scored a 97% on the Defense Ammunition Center Safety Review Program Inspection — the highest score to date among installations inspected within the Army.
In recognition of this achievement, Ground Combat Director Eddy Patchet submitted Ammunition and Armaments Division Chief Anthony Gingras, and Ammunition Branch Chief Samantha Howerton for a Civilian Service Achievement Medal.
During a surprise presentation in Gingras’ office on Oct. 12 Patchet said, “You don’t pass a Defense Ammunition Center inspection like that fixing things 30 days before they arrive. It’s indicative of the processes you have in place, the professionalism and the culture that has been passed down to all of the levels of leadership and the workforce about doing things right.”
YTC Commander Lt. Col. Alicia Johnson added, “You go above and beyond of what’s required of you. You take ownership. I want to say thank you on behalf of YPG and YTC for all your efforts to make sure we are always ready.”
Gingras humbly gave credit to his team, “Our teams are phenomenal. The teamwork that we have and the effort that we have towards the mission and trying to maintain the regulatory and all the requirements at a top notch level here. It really goes down to our newest employees to our season employees.”
YPG Commander Col. Patrick McFall formally recognized both Gingras and Howerton in a ceremony on Oct. 25.