ARL employees celebrate Organization Day at White Sands Missile Range

June 03, 2016

By ARL Public Affairs

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (June 2, 2016) -- The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's local People First Committee hosted a free cookout May 26 for all ARL employees who work at this site and their families.

The committee consists of ARL employees from the Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate, Laboratory Operations and the Computational and Information Sciences Directorate located at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, one of five major ARL sites.

The committee members raised money for the cookout by hosting lunch fundraisers on two separate occasions.

In addition to the cookout, the committee purchased gift cards and ARL-WSMR T-shirts that were raffled off and water soakers for each child that attended.

The day was filled with events and ARL employees took home two winning trophies.

The softball team competed against several other WSMR teams and took first place. Another team, consisting of New Mexico State University Physical Science Laboratory contractors, took home the first place title in the tug-of-war competition for the third year in a row.

"Organization Day was possible because of the team mentality that WSMR displays," said Marissa Withers, People First Committee member.

"The workforce came together before, during and after the event to make the day a huge success," Withers said. "Every person that came to a lunch [fundraiser], or loaded and unloaded chairs, was a huge part of the success of Organization Day for WSMR. The management team for all three directorates offered a lot of support and encouraged these events."

People First is ARL's workplace-engagement strategy, designed to create an organizational culture that is inclusive and built on trust and that reaffirms value in the workforce.

It provides the framework that inspires and unifies a diverse, talented and dedicated workforce to remain committed to their employer, and stay focused on achieving ARL's mission.


Last Update / Reviewed: June 3, 2016