ARL and other RDECOM organizations recognized with Army Superior Unit Award

September 28, 2010

Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, Gen. Ann Dunwoody and Command Sgt. Maj. Hector Marin stand at attention at the beginning of the Superior Unit Award ceremony at APG. Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, Gen. Ann Dunwoody and Command Sgt. Maj. Hector Marin stand at attention at the beginning of the Superior Unit Award ceremony at APG.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory was one of several Research, Development and Engineering Command subordinate organizations that received a Superior Unit Award Sept. 16 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

ARL Director John Miller accepted the award on behalf of the laboratory from Army Materiel Command's Commander General Ann Dunwoody.

Gen. Dunwoody presented Miller with a lapel pin and streamer during the ceremony.

ARL Director John Miller stands with the colors on Fanshaw Field during the Superior Unit Award Ceremony. ARL Director John Miller stands with the colors on Fanshaw Field during the Superior Unit Award Ceremony.

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 in a difficult and challenging mission under extraordinary circumstances. Through a coordinated command-wide effort, RDECOM developed nine of the ten Army's Greatest Inventions in 2007.

Gen. Dunwoody spoke to the crowd of over 2,000 people on Fanshaw Field and said the work of over 17,000 RDECOM employees has saved countless lives on the battlefield.

"You can't be Army strong without being smart and focused," said Dunwoody. "RDECOM has made a difference and done all this in the midst of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).

Gen. Ann Dunwoody, Maj. Gen. Nick Justice and ARL Director John Miller gather after the award ceremony. Gen. Ann Dunwoody, Maj. Gen. Nick Justice and ARL Director John Miller gather after the award ceremony.

"The new center of gravity for AMC is here at Aberdeen...the employees of RDECOM manage to do amazing things day in and day out," she noted.

RDECOM Commanding General Maj. Gen. Nick Justice said the history of technology development and testing could be found at APG - from using horse drawn cavalry to the birthing of the information age at a facility right down the road. With BRAC, he expects the pace of change to increase further.

"The award is not a culmination of the event," Justice noted. "We are challenged to become more effective, innovative and dedicated to the nation and armed forces in everything we do."

An award streamer was added to ARL's colors signifying the award.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: September 28, 2010