ABERDEEN PROVING GROUNDS, Md. - Army officials named the Research, Development and Engineering Command as winners of the Superior Unit Award. The award is presented by the U.S. Army for service to the nation "beyond what is expected."

"This is an unprecented award," said Maj. Gen. Paul S. Izzo, RDECOM commanding general. "In the past, this level of recognition was reserved for units in contact with the enemy." Izzo said the award represents a "significant level of recognition by the Army of the value that the civilians and Soldiers of RDECOM have contributed to the global war on terrorism."

The winning RDECOM nomination was for service during 2007 when the organization developed nine of the top 10 Army's Greatest Inventions. "The men and women, Soldiers and civilians, scientists and leaders of the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command displayed an outstanding devotion to the support of the warfighting force, and performed their mission in a superior manner while accomplishing unique and highly complex tasks," read the nomination.

Army officials created the Superior Unit Award in 1984 to recognize "meritorious unit performance of a difficult and challenging mission under extraordinary circumstances."

Army Materiel Commanding General Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody will present the unit with a Superior Unit Award streamer in a ceremony in early 2010.

Soldiers assigned to the command will be authorized to wear a ribbon, while civilians may wear a Superior Unit Award lapel pin.

"The entire workforce should be proud of this accomplishment," Izzo said. "It is true that one's impact on operations is not necessarily related to one's proximity to the fight."

Follow us on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook, and visit the RDECOM homepage!