By Ms. Adoratia Purdy (AMC)July 20, 2012
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, commander, U.S. Army Materiel Command hosted the AMC town hall and employee recognition day at the Bob Jones auditorium here, Jul. 20.
Dunwoody welcomed the audience, both present and the approximately 115 AMC organizations from around the globe watching via VTC. She expressed her appreciation for their hard work and dedication to the warfighter and shared her thoughts on what the future holds for AMC.
The way we have done things in the past isn't affordable and your teams have developed bold ideas for the Army to operate more efficiently. It is a dangerous and uncertain environment ahead and we need to meet the emerging threats, adhere to budget constraints while addressing the complexity of our mission, explained Dunwoody.
Dunwoody also acknowledged the importance of what she defined as the "Means, Ends and Way Ahead" of conducting operations, stating that the means or funding is decreasing but AMC will continue to meet the ends or needs of the Nation, while ensuring the way ahead is formulated with adaptive bold ways of doing business, explained Dunwoody.
"It is thanks to your efficiency and resourcefulness the Army can invest in its people and modernization," said Dunwoody.
"AMC is the Lead Materiel Integrator, matching demand and supply for the Army," said Dunwoody.
Following the briefing, AMC employees were recognized with length of service certificates and honorary awards.
Lt. Col. Jimmy D. Bowie was awarded the Soldier's Medal for his heroism on the night of April 27, 2011. Bowie rescued trapped motorist Melissa Wheeler, 29, a management support specialist at the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center from flood waters that had consumed her vehicle on a Huntsville, Ala. road.
"It is a tremendous honor," said Bowie.
He went on to share how he'd seen many heroic acts while serving in combat but doesn't consider what he did as heroic. "I was just in the right place at the right time with a big truck," joked Bowie.
"I am truly humble that I am being recognized for something any Soldier would have done," said Bowie.
Thirty-one honorary awards were presented and 59 Length of Service Certificates, totaling 225 years of government service.
On receiving her 25 year Length of Service certificate Cynthia Taylor, an Administrative Officer said she felt honored by the support and recognition of her peers.
"I am very excited! I can't believe 25 years have passed. It doesn't seem like that long of time has gone by," said Taylor.
AMC town hall meetings are conducted quarterly. This is Dunwoody's final Town Hall and Recognition ceremony as AMC's commander. She relinquishes command August 7.