Colorado Advisory Commission Member Remembered

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Ross Vincent at a Colorado Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission meeting in 2014. Vincent served on the commission since its inception.

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In 2017, Ross Vincent, left, receives an Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives coin from former Program Executive Officer Conrad Whyne for his years of service on the Colorado Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission.

Members of the Colorado Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission paused during their July 25 meeting to remember one of their own.

“Ross Vincent worked tirelessly for a chemical weapons destruction process that would protect the environment, the workers and the community. He was always concerned about air quality and the impact on the community,” said Irene Kornelly, chair of the advisory commission.

Opposed to incineration, Vincent helped to identify a destruction technology alternative for the chemical weapons stockpile stored at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot.

“Ross was steadfast in his belief that workable solutions could and would be found,” said Greg Mohrman, site project manager, Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant. “His dedication and technical savvy, combined with his wit and humor, helped ease tension that led to mutual understanding and trust.”

Mohrman said Vincent was a member of a team that developed evaluation criteria for destruction technology proposals for the chemical weapons, associated energetics and secondary waste.

Mohrman recalled a March 2015 quote from Vincent, “In the foreseeable future, all of these weapons are going to be gone. That’s great for Pueblo, it’s good for the nation and the world, and it’s something we’ve all been working toward for nearly a quarter of a century.”

“The loss of Ross to the Colorado CAC is significant. His knowledge of environmental policy and his quiet wit will be greatly missed by all of us,” Kornelly said.

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