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 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.
PEO ACWA headquarters (HQ) is located at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Maryland. Due to the population density of the installation and the multi-state commuting area the Program Executive Officer has extended teleworking status for the HQ staff until further notice.
HQ COVID-19 Prevention Efforts
The following safety measures have been established at PEO ACWA HQ to reduce the risk to the workforce and communities in and around Aberdeen, Maryland.
- 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.
- Continue to consult with PEO ACWA Command Surgeon, APG garrison command structure and CDC recommendations to adjust safety precautions as needed.
- Maximum telework except for mission critical tasks.
- Continue to practice social distancing.
- Provide sanitizing stations at all office entrances and encourage frequent handwashing.
- Implemented maximum use of teleconferencing and videoconferencing.
- Implemented CDC recommendations with health and safety reminders posted at the entrance and throughout the office.
- Personal fans and space heaters are no longer authorized for use in workplaces on APG.
PEO ACWA HQ is implementing a return-to-work plan based on continued evaluation of pandemic conditions and guidance from installation officials.
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.