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The Army promoted Staff Sgt.Steven McGloin to the rank of staff ser-geant Jan. 1. Command Sgt. Maj. Lebert
Beharie, senior noncommissioned ofcer for
RDECOM, congratulated McGloin on his pro-motion. McGloin is assigned to the
the RDECOM command sergeant major.
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— Brig. Gen. Daniel Hughes (left), deputycommanding general of RDECOM, receiveda Legion of Merit Jan. 9. from Maj. Gen.Harold Greene, deputy for acquisition and
systems management, Ofce of the Assistant
Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logisticsand Technology). Hughes earned the awardfor his service as director of System of Systems Integration from October 2011 toOctober 2012.
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— The Army honored three civilian employeesDec. 19 for volunteering to mentor youthin science, technology, engineering andmathematics. RDECOM Director DaleOrmond (left) congratulates Lauren McNew.ECBC Public Affairs
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The U.S. Army Edgewood ChemicalBiological Center received a letter of gratitude from U.S. Ambassador to AlbaniaAlexander A. Arvizu Nov. 21. The notethanked the organization for a successfuldemilitarization operation that destroyed arecently discovered stockpile of chemicalmunitions in Tirana, Albania.“Thanks to your professionalism andexpertise, these hazardous chemicalsare no longer a potential danger to theAlbanian or American people. I havereceived profuse thanks from the Ministryof Defense and other Albanian governmentofficials, and wanted to pass on theirappreciation as well. Once again, thankyou for a job well done!” Arvizu wrote.Collaborative ECBC’s ChemicalBiological Application and Risk ReductionBusiness Unit, the Central Laboratory,Logistics Brigade and the Albanian ArmedForces led to the successful destructionof 11 chemical agents during two weeksin July. CBARR personnel implementedan environmentally sound infrastructurein Tirana, setting up the analyticalcapabilities and engineering controls toensure the safe destruction of chemicalwarfare agents.“We were incredibly appreciative of the on-site rapport we developed withthe Albanian laboratory staff,” said RayDiberardo, CBARR project manager. “Wewere able to establish a good workingrelationship that enabled us to execute theoperation safely.”CBARR personnel assessed siteconditions and designated locations forstorage, detoxification and analysis of chemical agents. Once the site passeda pre-operations survey that verifiedsupplies and safety protocols were inplace, the team conducted a chemicalanalysis on each of the agents to confirmchemical identity, quantify chemicalconcentrations and establish a baselinefor which destruction goals could bemeasured.“Sometimes the challenges of workingin a foreign country are being able tocommunicate and work effectively withlaboratory and support personnel, butit was a natural partnership with theAlbanians,” Diberardo said. “We are happyto have had the opportunity to providesupport and lead international efforts.”
U.S. ambassador thanks Army for demilitarization effort in Albania
The U.S. Army demilitarization effort safely destroyed 11 chemical agents during a two-weekproject in Tirana, Albania. (U.S. Army photo)
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