DESERET CHEMICAL DEPOT, STOCKTON, Utah - Among the distinguished group of Lean Six Sigma green belt recipients during Feb. 26 ceremony was a worker whose recent project is already making a significant contribution toward solving an adjacent installation's storage woes.

Kathy Ryan, Base Realignment and and Closure officer, was presented her green belt by Gen. Benjamin S. Griffin, U.S. Army Materiel Command commanding general, during a recent visit by AMC staffers to Deseret Chemical Depot.

As a result of BRAC 2005 closures and other issues Tooele Army Depot found they lacked sufficient storage space for conventional munitions. Deseret Chemical Depot, on the other hand, had storage to spare.

Ryan's Lean Six Sigma project addressed this issue. The project entailed the early use of empty igloos at Deseret by TEAD.

"Lean Six Sigma energized a higher level of buy-in on all levels," said Ryan.

The return on investment for the project will be more than $237 thousand.

What's next on her project agenda'

"There are several areas that need addressing," she says. "I'll continue to work towards what's in the best interest of the Army and its employees."