REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Three U.S. Army Materiel Command teams won awards from the Defense Standardization Program office for their contributions to the program during the past year.

Since 1987, DSPO has recognized individuals and organizations that have effected significant improvements in quality, reliability, readiness, cost reduction, and interoperability through standardizing processes.

From headquarters, AMC team members include: Tim Edwards, command librarian; Gloria Miller, library director; Paul Fritts, standards and specifications procurement program manager; Barbara Bishop, budget analyst; and Cynthia Lee, IT contracts program manager.

The team developed a business case using multiple contracts to procure industry standards and specifications required by the AMC Enterprise to support U.S. military operations.

The business case provided enterprise access to industry standards and specifications at a cost savings and cost avoidance total of $3 million per year and a per unit cost savings of $10.4 million per year.

From the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, a subordinate command of AMC, team members included: Richard J. Squillacioti, Rapid Technology Transition team leader, Specifications and Standards Office; Marc Pepi, acting branch chief, Ceramic and Transparent Materials Branch; Lynne Pfledderer, materials engineer; David L. Stone, materials engineer; and Andrew W. Phelps, senior research scientist.

ARL developed and executed a program aimed at subjecting rotorblade leading edge materials to sand erosion testing, which has a large impact on the maintenance of Army aviation. The goal was to evaluate the protection provided currently to the leading edges of Army helicopter rotorblades, and test these materials in order to find alternatives that may reduce maintenance costs and time due to sand erosion, as well as provide longer field life.

The ARL team identified a comparable standard, "Golf course" sand, to test a methodology for evaluating the performance of the coating by mass loss, volume loss, or failure of the coating.

From the U.S. Army Armaments Research, Development, and Engineering Center, a subordinate command of AMC, the team members included: Doug Chesnulovitch, technical transition manager; Roy Smith, deputy technical manager; Jay Abernathy, operational manager; and Gary Adams, operational manager.

The Joint Modular Intermodal Distribution System, or JMIDS, technologies were developed to overcome challenges in the origin to destination cargo delivery systems for all the Services. The three JMIDS components were the Joint Modular intermodal Container , the Joint Modular Intermodal Platform , and Automated Identification Technology .

JMICs provide rapid, efficient and seamless handling and delivery of military supplies in theater from operational depots to Forward Operating Bases and during retrograde.

The DSPO mission is to identify, influence, develop, manage, and provide access to standardization processes, products, and services for warfighters and the acquisition, logistics, and systems engineering communities.