REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In a packed auditorium, with several outlaying organizations participating through a live broadcast, AMC's commanding general gave a progress report on the organization from a global perspective here, March 25.

That progress report came with gratitude to a workforce that conducted operations amid challenges.

"I want to say thank you, because we don't get to do that often enough. Thank each and every one of you for what you do because each and every one of you makes a difference. That's the power of this organization -- 70,000 people, making a difference every day," Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, AMC commanding general said.

"I can't remember or think of a more complex busy time in our Army than the time that we are in right now," Dunwoody continued. "Our leaders have lead us through this change at war, deployed, supporting a war, moving a headquarters, some moving down here, some staying back, new leaders that made this transition during this really incredibly busy time."

As BRAC occurs across the organization affecting approximately 11, 000 people, AMC is focused on changing the way it conducts business.

By leveraging BRAC, AMC is able to equip its headquarters to be relevant through the next decade.

"We have the opportunity to shape ourselves and fix ourselves in areas where we have not been as efficient and as effective as we needed to be because time was more important," Dunwoody said.

"Today's world takes creativity to do things fundamentally different. Fundamentally changing the way we do business," said Dunwoody.

A fundamental change did occur March 22 with the Secretary of Army designating AMC as the Lead Materiel Integrator for the Army.

Dunwoody described the process that was only an idea roughly a year ago, but with 'dogged persistence' was made reality.

"This is probably one of the most transformational adaptation we have had at the institutional level that is really going to impact ARFOGEN and our ability to sustain and equip forces," Dunwoody said.

Immediately following the briefing AMC honored its major subordinate commands that garnered awards in safety.

Awardees were:

Individual Excellence in Safety:
Bonnie Lewis, Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, Texas

Excellence in Explosives Safety Awards:
Division Level - Joint Munitions Command Rock Island, Ill.
Brigade Level - McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, McAlester, Okla.
Battalion Level - Radford Army Ammunition Plant, Radford, Va.

Exceptional Organization Safety Awards:
Division Level - U.S. Army CECOM LCMC, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
Installation Level - Tooele Army Depot, Tooele, Utah
Brigade level - Umatilla Chemical Depot, Hermiston, Ore.
Battalion Level - Sierra Army Depot, Herlong, Ca.
Company Level - Anniston Army Depot, Directorate of Public Works, Anniston, Ala.

Industrial Operations Safety Awards:
Division Level - U.S. Army TACOM LCMC, Warren, Mich.
Installation Level - Tobyhanna Army Depot, Tobyhanna, Pa.
Brigade Level - Watervliet Arsenal, Watervliet, N.Y.
Battalion Level - Anniston Defense Munitions Center, Anniston, Ala.
Company Level - TACOM LCMC GSMM Maintenance Support Team, Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.
Detachment Level - TACOM LCMC Transportation Support Team, Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.