The Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (PEO ACWA) is overseeing the safe and environmentally compliant destruction of the remaining U.S. chemical weapons stockpile located at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado and the Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky. The Anniston Field Office (AFO) supports destruction of the remaining U.S. chemical weapons stockpile. The AFO is located on the Anniston Army Depot in Anniston, Alabama. The PEO ACWA team continues to focus on the safety of the workforce and the public during the coronavirus pandemic. The PEO ACWA partners at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have provided continual guidance throughout the pandemic to minimize the risk to the workforce and local community. The Director of Field Operations has determined that on-site support will continue. The AFO layout allows personnel to safely physical distance due to the proximity of work areas and the physical barriers between those areas.
AFO Site-Specific COVID-19 Prevention Efforts
The following safety measures have been established at AFO to reduce the risk to the workforce and communities in and around Anniston, Alabama.
- Per a Department of Defense directive on July 28, 2021, in areas of substantial or high community transmission rates, all staff and visitors must wear a face mask, regardless of the person’s vaccination status.
- Instituted daily health self-screening for employees working in the office.
- Continue to require social distancing.
- Increased availability of hand sanitizer and disinfecting products.
- Encourage frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing.
- Implemented maximum use of teleconferencing and videoconferencing.
- Implemented CDC recommendations with health and safety reminders posted at the entrance and throughout the office.
PEO ACWA remains committed to meeting the Chemical Weapons Convention treaty commitment of Sept. 30, 2023. U.S. Public Law mandates stockpile destruction by Dec. 31, 2023. The safety of the workforce, environment and community remains a top priority. The Program Executive Officer will continue to evaluate the situation with the health and safety of employees and the local community at the forefront.