Toxic area entries have been performed by men and women at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant since September 2016; however, Aug. 7 marked the first two-woman entry.
“Performing entries is a difficult task, as workers have to don protective gear that, under any circumstances, is challenging,” said Steve Pankey, maintenance manager, PCAPP.
Lindsey McNamara, mechanical technician, and Jessica Gates, instrumentation and controls technician, performed the entry in Demilitarization Protective Ensemble to work on laser sensor improvements for Line 2 of the Munitions Washout System. They also repaired a hydraulic leak, said Pankey.
Although McNamara had only made two prior entries and was on site for welding training, she volunteered to assist Gates, a veteran with 79 previous entries, Pankey said.
“The entry was successful and the entrants performed the job well,” said Pankey. “Congratulations to Jessica and Lindsey on making PCAPP history by performing the first two-woman entry.”