REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - Not many organizations can say it has a certified master logistician on its staff, but thanks to one employee's diligence, the U.S. Army Materiel Command can.

Lyle Stone, a contract battle captain with AMC, is the first applicant in the United States and only the third applicant in the entire world to be awarded the Certified Master Logistician designation by the Society of Logistics Engineers, or SOLE, the International Society of Logistics.

"Mr. Stone's achievements and his efforts to attain certification as a Certified Master Logistician have certainly enhanced the skills he uses daily to manage the flow of information being sent to, through and from AMC's operations center here at Redstone Arsenal," said Lane Collie, the lead Senior Executive Service member at AMC Forward-Redstone.

The Certified Master Logistician designation was created in 2005 and is awarded based on a rigorous evaluation of an applicant's education, training and work experience, as well as testing for extensive knowledge about the science of logistics.

The certification recognizes the functional interrelationships within the professional responsibilities of logisticians regardless of their occupational roles. Designation as a Certified Master Logistician recognizes the applicant's competency across a broad range of logistics and logistics chain management.

SOLE has hundreds of chapters in over 50 countries. The society was founded in 1966 as the Society of Logistics Engineers "to engage in educational, scientific, and literary endeavors to advance the art of logistics technology and management." SOLE has significant ties to Redstone Arsenal, Marshall Space Flight Center and the manned space flight program. As the challenges of organizing America's race to land a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s mounted, Dr. Werner von Braun and other missile pioneers realized that the lack of formal logistics training significantly hampered that effort. The society was born of the necessity to train logisticians and recognize excellence in logistics.

Stone, an Alabama native, is a graduate of Tulane University with a masters in architecture. He recently retired as a lieutenant colonel from AMC's Logistics Support Activity and has been a battle captain at AMC's operations center since February 2009. He and his wife reside in Madison, Ala.