ROCK ISLAND, Ill.--The Defense Ammunition Center (DAC) hosted the 18th Demilitarization Users Group Meeting (DUGM) on 21-22 Oct. 2009, at the downtown Holiday Inn, Rock Island, Ill.

This year's DUGM was refocused to address organic demilitarization execution and included reports from the acting Product Manager (PM) for Demil, Carl Roller. Roller emphasized "the Demil Enterprise must come up with the means and methods to increase efficiency and maximize the amount of material demilled from available funds."

Rich Fuller, U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command, presented a brief on Conventional Ammunition Execution and his counterpart, Larry Gunter, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, presented a brief on Missile Demil Execution. Other topics of discussion included: stockpile stratification, environmental issues and demil installation reports.

Along with presentations, an open forum panel discussion for members of the organic demil community was co-chaired by Fuller, Gunter and Roller.

The PM for Demil presented Demil Execution Awards to installations for exceptional accomplishments in six different demil categories. Awards were presented to the Installations for excellence in Conventional Ammunition Demil, Missile Demil as well as efficiency in Resource, Recovery and Recycling (R3).

The winners in each category were:

1. Highest quantity of conventional ammunition demilitarization: Hawthorne Ammunition Depot (HWAD)
2. Highest quantity of conventional ammunition demilitarization exceeding planned: Letterkenny Munitions Center
3. Lowest cost per ton of conventional ammunition demilitarization: HWAD
4. Greatest increase of missile demilitarization over planned: Anniston Munitions Center (ADMC)
5. Highest R3 revenue: ADMC
6. Highest R3 revenue per funds received: Blue Grass Army Depot

"I believe the Demil Execution Awards were an excellent addition to the DUGM. These awards provide an opportunity for the PM for Demil to express his appreciation for the installation's superior performance," said Fuller.