ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- Army Materiel Command's Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody visited Anniston Oct. 19 to celebrate the end of chemical munitions demilitarization operations at the Anniston Chemical Demilitarization Facility and to tour Anniston Army Depot operations.

Dunwoody was one of several dignitaries on hand for the ANCDF ceremony, held at The Bridge at First United Methodist Church in Anniston.

"I'm here for one reason and one reason only -- to say thank you and congratulations," said Dunwoody, who praised ANCDF employees and leaders for finishing operations "ahead of schedule, under cost and very safe."

Mark Evans, senior vice president for URS Global Security Group; Conrad F. Whyne, the director of the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency; Carmen J. Spencer, deputy assistant secretary of the Army; Phil Webb, chairman of the board for the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce; and Congressman Mike Rogers of Alabama's 3rd Congressional District also spoke at the event.

"I have eight grandchildren and you have made the world a safer place for them," said Spencer as each of the speakers took their turn thanking the ANCDF employees, the Anniston community and the state and local leaders who made safe destruction of chemical munitions at the depot possible.

Following the ceremony, Dunwoody toured depot operations including the Powertrain Flexible Maintenance Facility, the Powertrain Transmission Facility currently under construction, the Defense Logistics Agency's storage areas and Anniston Munitions Center operations to include the Multiple Launch Rocket System Recycle Center and the Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided Missile Recycle Center.