Friday September 17, 2010
What is it?
The Army Superior Unit Award was established by the Secretary of the Army in 1985 to recognize outstanding meritorious performance of a unit during peacetime, or of a difficult and challenging mission under extraordinary circumstances. The unit must display such outstanding devotion and superior performance of exceptionally difficult tasks as to set the unit apart from, and above, other units with similar missions.
What has the Army done?
The Army recognized that during the period Jan.1, 2007 to Dec. 31, 2007, the headquarters, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command and its subordinate research centers and laboratories displayed exceptionally meritorious devotion in support of the warfighting force, and performed their mission in a superior manner while accomplishing unique and highly complex tasks. Through a coordinated command-wide effort, the organization developed and accelerated numerous technology and engineering solutions critical to warfighter needs, saving countless lives on the battlefield.
What does the Army have planned?
Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, commander of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, will present RDECOM its Army Superior Unit Award during a ceremony on Sept.16, at the Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). At that time, the Superior Unit Award streamer will be added to the colors of each of the command's organizations found on APG. The directors of RDECOM's centers and laboratory also will receive award lapel pins for every person in the organization. As Soldiers wear their awards on their dress uniforms, so the RDECOM civilian workforce will have an award to wear to signify their accomplishments in the global war on terrorism. Staff and personnel at RDECOM's other four subordinate organizations will receive their streamer and pins during ceremonies held at their own installations.
Why is this important to the Army?
RDECOM is the Army's system engineer, and it provides the organic research and development capability for the Army. The command empowers, unburdens and protects the warfighter by developing and accelerating innovative technologies and sound engineering solutions for the battlefield. RDECOM's workforce of 17,000 scientists, engineers and other professionals work day in and day out to enhance the current force and enable the future. RDECOM is science in support of Soldiers.
Related article: RDECOM earns Superior Unit Award
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