Bruce Huenefeld, site project manager (SPM), Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP) Explosive Destruction System (EDS) will retire Dec. 31 after decades of service.
“Bruce pulled the team together in Pueblo,” said Program Executive Officer Conrad Whyne, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives. “The accomplishments under his watch are evident today.”
Huenefeld was the PCAPP SPM from July 2011 to Dec. 2014 when he became the PCAPP EDS SPM in preparation for the renewed start of U.S. chemical weapons stockpile destruction.
“The completion of plant construction in 2012 and the start of weapons destruction using the EDS are but two accomplishments in which Bruce can take considerable pride,” said Army SPM Greg Mohrman.
Huenefeld said the EDS project is the highlight of his entire career, which spans more than 36 years. The first campaign of the PCAPP EDS has safely destroyed nearly 500 munitions to date.
Huenefeld said another highlight of his time at PCAPP was his coworkers.
“Being the SPM, I got to see the total program—each job and the skills each individual brought to the job,” he said. “Each employee has a specialty that no one else can do; they have the skills necessary to make the project successful.” He said it was an honor to hand off the position of SPM to his coworker and friend, Mohrman.
“I’ve known and worked with Bruce for the better part of 30 years,” said Mohrman, “Between his contributions to the U.S. chemical demilitarization program and the environmental cleanup project leading to the establishment of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Bruce has given his best and can take great satisfaction in his federal career.”
Huenefeld said although the thought of retiring had been bittersweet a few months ago, he now feels like a kid anticipating summer break. He said he looks forward to traveling the country with his wife, planning to be in a warmer climate during the winter months and then with children, grandchildren and siblings.