RDECOM wins three safety awards


  • “Army scientists and engineers operate at the leading edge of their fields to develop decisive overmatch capabilities for the Army and the joint warfighter.”
  • “Our centers and labs are competing against not only other Army units for these awards but also for recognition from senior Army and Defense Department leaders.”

By Dan Lafontaine, RDECOM Public Affairs

The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center won the Army Exceptional Organization Safety Award. (U.S. Army photo by Tom Faulkner)

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Aug. 28, 2015) — The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command has won three safety awards for fiscal 2014, officials announced. This is the first time that RDECOM has won three Army-level awards in a fiscal year, said Cliff Wendel, RDECOM safety and surety director.

The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, won two awards. The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center at Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, earned one award.

Both organizations are part of RDECOM. Maj. Gen. John F. Wharton, commanding general, commended the workforce.

“Army scientists and engineers operate at the leading edge of their fields to develop decisive overmatch capabilities for the Army and the joint warfighter,” Wharton said. “That means our scientists and engineers face some of the Army’s greatest safety hazards outside of combat. That really puts the achievement of the ECBC and TARDEC safety teams in perspective.

“Congratulations to each of them for their part in winning these awards and the commitment to excellence it shows.”

ECBC garnered the Chief of Staff of the Army Composite Risk Management Award and Army Industrial Operations Safety Award. TARDEC won the Army Exceptional Organization Safety Award.

Wendel said these awards recognize units and individuals who have made significant contributions to fostering a safety culture. This normally translates to lower accident rates, modifying or eliminating negative safety behaviors and a positive attitude toward safety by the workforce.

“Our centers and labs are competing against not only other Army units for these awards but also for recognition from senior Army and Defense Department leaders,” Wendel said. “At times, these awards can be used to validate that our research and development efforts are being done in the safest and most secure environment possible.”


Editor’s note: The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.


Originally published at www.army.mil on August 28, 2015.

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